(5/2/2019) City welcomes Victoria Quay steering group
The City of Fremantle has welcomed the formation of a new senior steering group to drive the redevelopment of Victoria Quay.
The steering group, which met for the first time on Friday, is chaired by Fremantle MLA Simone McGurk and includes the City’s Mayor and Chief Executive Officer along with representatives of Fremantle Ports, Fremantle Chamber of Commerce, Landcorp, Tourism WA, Westport Taskforce, Department of Transport, Department of Planning and the Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science and Innovation.
Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt said Victoria Quay represented a golden opportunity to create a spectacular waterfront attraction for WA.
“The City of Fremantle has been pushing for the redevelopment of Victoria Quay for some years now, so we really appreciate the state government supporting this through the formation of the steering group to drive the project forward.” Mayor Pettitt said.
“We think there are great opportunities to transform Victoria Quay into a world class waterfront precinct - with a mix of retail, hospitality and commercial businesses – and also create better connections between the port and places like Kings Square, the Cappuccino Strip, the West End and Bathers Beach.
“The building blocks for a terrific precinct are already there with the Maritime Museum, the E-shed and other heritage sheds, the Passenger Terminal and the Rottnest ferry terminal, along with easy public transport access with the railway station.
“Next month we expect to receive the findings of our feasibility study on building an Indigenous cultural centre in Fremantle. An attraction like that would be a great addition to Victoria Quay.”
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 CBD to Victoria Quay, across the rail line.
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.