Fremantle: CircusWA finds temporary home at Princess May Park


Princess May Park will be the new temporary home to CircusWA.
Princess May Park will be the new temporary home to CircusWA.

CIRCUSWA has a new home, at least temporarily.

The organisation has been given City of Fremantle approval to install a large tent on Princess May Park, their home for the next three years after landlords told them they had to leave their Phillimore Street location by April 7.

Fremantle economic development and marketing manager Tom Griffiths said the move had support from nearby businesses, including DADAA and Clancy’s Fish Pub and would buy CircusWA more time to find a permanent alternative.

“The site is about 500sqm which leaves a large proportion of the park available for public use,” he said.

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“Adjacent businesses and organisations have been consulted and all have expressed their support for the circus school’s move as something which will attract more people and activity to the area.

“Our priority was to find the circus school, an important part of Fremantle’s cultural fabric, a new home.

“Princess May Park is a temporary solution which buys valuable time for the circus to examine a more permanent location.”

Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt said it was important for the City to keep organisations like CircusWA in the area.

“Circus WA is a much-loved and integral part of Fremantle’s cultural identity who aligns well with our status as a festival and arts hub,” he said.

“On this basis council is happy to support their temporary relocation to Princess May Park.”