A newly-formed senior steering group has met for the first time to discuss plans to develop Fremantle Ports’ Victoria Quay as a vibrant waterfront precinct.
The steering group’s brief includes examining the range of land uses in identified ‘precincts’ on the site, the needs of the working port and how to better link the Fremantle central business district to Victoria Quay, across the rail line.
The group’s work builds on the recently completed $3.25 million makeover of the Fremantle Passenger Terminal, as part of the McGowan Government’s commitment to revitalising Victoria Quay.
Any waterfront planning will be in line with the ongoing work of the Westport Taskforce, which is examining Western Australia’s future port and environs needs.
WA Planning Minister, Rita Saffioti, said, “Successful development of Victoria Quay is dependent upon a range of organisations committing to a vision for the 13-hectare area between the Maritime Museum and D Shed, then actively playing their roles to make it happen.
“A great deal of high-quality planning and consultation has already taken place in the past decade or more, so considerable groundwork has been done.
“We are not starting from the beginning – the challenge is building upon that knowledge bank and seizing the moment.”
The steering group is chaired by Fremantle MLA, Simone McGurk, and includes high-level representation from Fremantle Ports; Landcorp; the City of Fremantle; Department of Transport; the Fremantle Chamber of Commerce; Tourism Western Australia; Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage; Westport Taskforce and the Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science and Innovation.
“This area has a spectacular harbour outlook, a rich and diverse history, cultural meaning for the Aboriginal community and has huge tourism appeal,” Ms McGurk said.
WA Minister for Ports, Alannah MacTiernan, cited numerous examples around the globe where inner-city port areas have been spectacularly transformed to create exciting waterfront areas.
“We can do the same in Fremantle and mastermind the development of one of the world’s great inner-city port developments,” Ms MacTiernan said.
“Our goal should be achieving a transformation in a staged manner that is world-class.”