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What do I get for my rates?

Your rates help pay for more than 100 different community services and programs including:

As a ratepayer you can also enjoy a range of benefits that make living in Fremantle even better. 

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Free CBD parking 

Shop, explore and enjoy Freo's CBD with ease thanks to free parking! Simply apply for your Free After Three parking permit with proof of your address to enjoy free on-street parking in the CBD between:

  • 9–11am (permit holders must stick to the posted time limits such as 30 minutes, 1 hour or 2 hours)
  • 3–5pm (permit holders must stick to the posted time limits such as 30 minutes, 1 hour or 2 hours)
  • 5pm–9am (no time limits apply)

Please note the parking permit only applies to on-street (kerbside) parking and does not include carparks. Click here for more info and to apply.

Free street trees 

Spruce up your property with a free street tree for your verge. Simply submit an application and our team will be in touch between April and May to talk to you about what is most suitable for your verge. Planting occurs between April and July each year to give your tree the best chance of survival.

To request a tree, simply complete the e-services request online or contact us at 1300 MY FREO (1300 693 736).

Free mulch

Mulching is one of the many easy ways you can develop a water-wise native garden. Residents and ratepayers can collect free mulch from the Fremantle Recycling Centre subject to availability, so we recommend calling ahead on 1300 MY FREO (1300 693 736) before visiting the centre. 

Click here to find out more about Fremantle Recycling Centre.


Free traffic management for street parties 

Get to know your neighbours and boost community spirit by hosting a street party!

A team of dedicated local volunteers are on hand to provide free traffic management for the day, so you can focus on the fun things like meeting new people, getting to know your neighbours and celebrating your community. 

Click here to find out more about hosting a street party and free traffic management.

Grant support for sports, community events, positive ageing, venue hire and more 

We’re giving back to our community through a range of grants for individuals, groups, programs or events: 

These funding streams are open all year round until allocations run out. Click here for more info and to see if you qualify for funding.

Free drop-offs at Fremantle Recycling Centre 

Free to all residents, the Fremantle Recycling Centre is where you can drop off items that don’t belong in your waste bins, pick up free mulch and is also home to the Reuse Shop, where you can find a wide range of goods for sale at a bargain price including furniture, camping gear, surf boards, gardening equipment, toys, books, DVDs and musical instruments.

You can also drop off eligible containers and earn 10 cents for each container at the City's Containers for Change Refund Point. Click here to learn more.

Cloth nappy rebate

A child can use around 4,000 nappies during their younger years! Nappies pose a risk of contamination in the recycling and FOGO bins and take around 500 years to decompose in landfill. Disposable nappies are also considerably more expensive, around double the cost of modern cloth nappies cost annually.

To reduce the environmental impact of disposable nappies, we're offering a rebate of 50%, up to $150 per household on the hire or purchase of modern cloth nappies. Click here to learn more and apply. 

Over 100 new projects being delivered through the 2023–24 budget 

The transformation of Fremantle continues as we look to make a visible difference to our city, with the focus of this year's budget on investing in the fundamentals so Freo can continue to grow and thrive.

New investments in the 2023–24 budget include provisions for more parking in the city centre, improving accessibility at South Beach and the Fremantle Leisure Centre, increasing the spend on greening the city and suburbs, a master plan for a new sporting and community precinct at Hilton Park reserve, improvements to the arts centre, and increases in community youth funding and support. Funding for a new City Plan to drive residential population growth is also in the budget. The plan will create a new vision for the city and provide a roadmap for ongoing city renewal projects and potential partnership opportunities for key development sites.

Keep informed about the exciting projects that are on the way through this handy online interactive map.  

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