Fremantle Oval precinct redevelopment

The opportunity

The integrated upgrade and development of the Fremantle Oval precinct into a premier community and sporting hub.

A redeveloped precinct will create jobs, provide a state-of the- art facility for community football in WA and activate the area to provide community and grass roots sporting uses all year round.

The benefits

Co-tenancy of East Fremantle and South Fremantle Football Clubs.

  • WAFL centre of excellence established.
  • Creation of local jobs.
  • Economic driver to extended city centre footprint southwards along South Terrace to link with the emerging Wray Avenue and South Fremantle commercial precincts.
  • Alignment with adjacent hospital developments / master planning to achieve a comprehensive and integrated development.
  • Increased usage as a community facility for events and festivals.
  • Enhances heritage characteristics (ie would include restoration of heritage listed Victoria Pavilion).

The current situation

The Fremantle Football club will soon be relocating to a new training and administration facility in Cockburn leaving the club with just one permanent tenant – the South Fremantle Football Club.

  • The community wants this: Fremantle Oval precinct is one of six key ‘transformational’ projects identified by the community through the detailed 2013-15 community visioning process undertaken by the City.
  • Strong support of the Department of Sport and Recreation and the West Australian Football Commission.
  • Strong support from the South Fremantle Football Club and the East Fremantle Football Club who indicated they would be prepared to co-locate at Fremantle Oval.
  • The closure of the Fremantle Hospital’s emergency department and relocation of 1,800 jobs to Fiona Stanley Hospital have had a major impact on activity in the area, including significant decline in retail trade.
  • The hospital precinct public land (in particular the car parks) are now underutilised and this land is ripe for redevelopment.

  • The heritage-listed Fremantle Oval Victoria Pavilion can be restored to its former glory.
  • Business plan completed – master planning underway. The City has done its bit in progressing this development.
  • Funding options are being investigated but will require state government collaboration to achieve an integrated precinct-wide development.

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