State government workers to get a warm welcome in Freo
The City of Fremantle is working with government agencies and local businesses to ensure state government workers get a warm welcome when they move into Freo next month.
The first 300 staff from the Department of Communities and the Department of Transport that are relocating to Fremantle’s new Kings Square development will be moving in on 23 March.
By the end of June more than 1700 state government workers will have relocated to Kings Square, providing a substantial boost to the local economy and Fremantle traders.
To welcome the new workers the City of Fremantle and the two departments, with support from the Fremantle Chamber of Commerce, are putting together a welcome pack providing tips from locals on their favourite shops, cafes and lunch spots and offering special discounts from local businesses.
Mayor Brad Pettitt said Fremantle was a great place to come to work.
“Fremantle is famous for its fabulous cafes, eclectic shops and relaxed atmosphere, so I’m sure all the state government staff will really enjoy working here,” Mayor Pettitt said.
“Having all these new people working in the city centre also provides a great opportunity for local traders to attract more customers and grow their business.
“For a long time the City has had a plan to get more people living and working in Fremantle, so it’s great to see those plans coming to fruition.”
As part of the welcome program, participating businesses and their offers will be listed on a website which will be provided to new staff moving to Kings Square.
Businesses who would like to be involved in the program can contact the City of Fremantle’s Economic Development team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The City of Fremantle is undertaking a $270 million renewal of Kings Square in partnership with Sirona Capital.
The project includes Sirona’s redevelopment of the old Myer and Queensgate sites to create offices for more than 1700 state government employees and the revolutionary FOMO food, art and retail concept, the construction of the City of Fremantle’s new civic centre and library building, and the rejuvenation of the public spaces that surround the site.