As the port city moves towards its bicentennial in 2029, a strong vision matched by clearly defined transformational moves is required to unlock the potential of Fremantle as a vibrant and sustainable urban centre.
The Freo 2029 Transformational Moves document draws on the extensive feedback gained from the Fremantle 2029 Community Visioning Project, which saw almost 1 000 people attend eight workshops and forums in 2013-14 with their vision for Fremantle’s future.
It also builds on the foundations of the City’s strategic plan, with each transformational ‘move’ focusing on a different location or aspect of Fremantle including the city centre, waterfront, northern gateway and Fremantle Oval precinct as well as the city’s transport links and connectivity.
Some of the projects flagged in the report include:
- a new public square outside the Fremantle Rail Station and relocation of the bus interchange to Queen Street
- major redevelopment of Victoria Quay to better connect the port to the city ~ this would include better pedestrian access to and from the port
- an expansion of Fremantle Fishing Boat Harbour
- options for the location of an ocean pool at Bathers Beach
- a light rail system to act as a link to Fremantle and surrounding areas
- utilising the heritage-listed Fremantle Traffic Bridge as a pedestrian/bicycle bridge with a new traffic bridge built for vehicles
- a new high-density residential development on Queen Victoria Street
- extensive redevelopment of the Fremantle Oval precinct including the provision of high quality affordable housing as well as new commercial and retail spaces
- implementation of the $220m Kings Square project to transform the city centre including new civic chambers, library and City offices, high quality commercial space and upgrade of the public square.
The Freo 2029 title pays homage to the significance of 2029, which marks the 200 year anniversary of Captain Fremantle landing at Bathers Beach.
- Esplanade Park Master Plan adopted in December 2015
- Princess May Park Master Plan adopted in December 2015
- WAPC endorsed Victoria Quay Precinct Plan with modifications in August 2015
- WAPC endorsed Station Forecourt Precinct Plan with modifications in August 2015
- Draft Fremantle Oval Precinct Business Case in September 2015
- Kings Square Redevelopment traffic study finalised for October 2015
- Cantonment Hill Detailed Concept Plans preferred option determined by September 2015
- Station Forecourt Precinct Plan project initiation documentation in September 2015