FREMANTLE’S West End gold-boom architectural heritage was recognised today , becoming the biggest single listing on the State Register of Heritage Places.
More than 250 buildings in a 200,000sq m area bordered by Market Street, Collie Street, Marine Terrace, Little High Street and Phillimore Street have become the latest additions to the register as a unique and intact example of a gold boom era port city.
Heritage minister Albert Jacob said a number of buildings in the West End were already individually registered but the inclusion of the entire precinct recognised the important history of the area as a whole.
“The recognition of the precinct for its state value will enhance the area’s appeal as a tourism destination, where visitors can immerse themselves in the sights and experiences of this important historical area,” he said.
Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt said the City nominated the West End for inclusion in 2014 and the boundaries were indicative of Fremantle’s gold boom business district.
“The cultural heritage value of the West End has long been recognised locally so I’m pleased it is now recognised at a state level,” he said.
“With the revitalisation of Fremantle picking up momentum in recent years, we view Fremantle’s famous heritage attributes, including those present in the West End, as a major social and economic driver for Freo’s ongoing prosperity.
“It’s a common misconception that heritage listing a property meant owners could not make any changes to their buildings, but adaptations which are sympathetic to the heritage values of a place can open it up to new uses and make it relevant to contemporary life and this is something both the City and the Heritage Council encourage.”