Fremantle passenger terminal upgrades unveiled

Fremantle passenger terminal upgrades unveiled

FREMANTLE Passenger Terminal has a fresh look.

The $3.25 million upgrade included changes to the ground floor foyer, a steel and glass central canopy, repainted facade as well as new signage and banners.

The terminal, which is expected to service 60,000 cruise passengers in the 2018-19 financial year, first opened in 1960.

Nic Slatter with daughter Zoe. Photo: Jon Hewson

Tourism Minister Paul Papalia said the cruise sector is becoming increasingly important in Western Australia’s tourism industry.

“For example, the cruise ship in Fremantle today, Seven Seas Mariner, is a six-star ship bringing 560 tourists to four Western Australian ports during a circumnavigation of Australia,” he said.

“The upgrades at Fremantle, Broome and Geraldton ports will see the Sun Princess homeport in Perth for the 2019-2020 season, injecting $32 million into the State’s economy and generating a 100 per cent increase in cruise ship guests sailing from WA compared with last season.”

Photo: Jon Hewson

Fremantle MLA Simone McGurk said the terminal is the step-off point for visitors to the community.

“It is a significant landmark for Fremantle,” she said.

“These upgrades have brought a much-needed facelift to this local institution and will help ensure cruise passengers get the best possible first impression of Fremantle.”

Photo: Jon Hewson

Ports Minister Alannah MacTiernan said the upgrade is aimed at attracting more cruises to Western Australia.

“Achieving better links between the passenger terminal, the Fremantle train station and Fremantle CBD will be part of our planning for the future of Victoria Quay,” she said.