FREMANTLE Fishing Boat Harbour has been named Australia’s best public boat harbour at the prestigious Marina of the Year Awards.
The harbour, which was brought to world attention during the 1980s when it was the stage for Australia’s defence of the America’s Cup, attracts more than 1.5 million visitors every year and employs more than 1000 times.
The harbour is also home to charter and recreational vessels, with quality pens at the facility highly sought after given its proximity to Rottnest Island and the Swan River.
Award judges highlighted the Department of Transport’s management of the facility, which they said contributed to the overall experience and attraction of the harbour.
Since 2009, 189 new and upgraded pens have been provided at the harbour as part of the department’s jetty replacement program.
“Fremantle Fishing Boat Harbour is a world class facility and worthy of its new title as Australia’s best public boat harbour,” Transport Minister Rita Saffioti said.
“The harbour’s history coupled with its unique offering to locals and tourists, make it one of Western Australia’s favourite destinations.
“The Department of Transport’s expertise as manager of this significant asset is recognised in this national award and by the WA community.”