Looking into the future for Freo

Tranby Primary School student Daniel Johnson, science program |co-ordinator Robin Byrne and Carlisle Primary School student Zoe Limpanyalers. Picture: Elle Borgward d400930
Tranby Primary School student Daniel Johnson, science program |co-ordinator Robin Byrne and Carlisle Primary School student Zoe Limpanyalers. Picture: Elle Borgward d400930

The night provided a number of oral presentations about what different types of people saw for the future of Fremantle, including Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt, students from Lance Hold Primary School, former WA Governor Ken Michael and Nature Play WA chief executive and Fremantle resident Griff Longley.

With a full house of more than 200 people packed into Victoria Hall, the speakers spoke about their vision for Fremantle, discussing ideas such as density, sustainability and transport issues that the port city will face as the population continues to grow.

Community members were given the opportunity to share their thoughts on four key questions, which facilitator James Best said would be used to guide the process forward for the workshops in the coming months.

Dr Pettitt said he was ‘very happy’ with how the night went.

‘It was a great turnout both in terms of numbers and the diversity of people who turned up,’ he said.

‘The speakers did a great job of provoking long-term thinking about the big challenges Fremantle faces in the decades ahead.

‘This is just the start of the visioning process and I hope it grows from strength to strength.’

Fremantle Chamber of Commerce chief executive Tim Milsom, who was amongst the crowd, said he felt the upcoming workshops would be a way to properly discuss Fremantle’s future with the whole community.

‘For me, Fremantle needs to really draw a sense of identity and an offering that is diverse and attractive for people to come to,’ he said.

‘Sometimes I think we reflect too much on what isn’t here instead of focusing on what is and making it better.’

The first community workshop is due to be held at the end of June.

Visit fremantle.wa.gov.au for more information on Fremantle 2029.