Former South Fremantle landfill site

Find out about the former South Fremantle landfill site, including contamination management, zoning and proposals currently being investigated.

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About the landfill site

The former South Fremantle landfill site operated as a waste disposal site between around 1930 and 1991.

The City maintains 88% ownership of the total site area. The remainder is owned by the Commissioner of Main Roads Western Australia.

Registered under the Contaminated Sites Act 2003, the site falls within the classification of “contaminated – remediation required”.

Managing the landfill site

The City is responsible for duty of care to local residents and the environment.

Since 1998 extensive site investigation and monitoring work has been undertaken.

In 2013 an Interim Site Management Plan was prepared, enabling the City to continue to meet its obligations for management of any contamination posed by the site.

Site investigation, monitoring and management activities continue to be undertaken, with advice and support provided by the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation and the Department of Health.

Current zoning and proposals

The site has a zoning of ‘development area’ under the City’s Local Planning Scheme No. 4. However, no structure plan has been prepared or proposed, to redevelop the site.

A proposal for a large-scale solar farm development at the site is currently being investigated by Epuron. This work is being undertaken through a 12-month exclusive working agreement period with the City, allowing for:

  • Due diligence
  • Resolution of environmental and other regulatory approval matters
  • Seeking of suitable candidates for a power purchasing agreement (which may include the City).

The construction and operation of the solar farm would be fully funded by Epuron.

More information and contacts

Copies of various reports relating to the former South Fremantle landfill site are available at the local history collection of the Fremantle library.  For more information contact the Fremantle History Centre on 08 9432 9739 or email

For all other enquiries, please contact the City on 9432 9999or email