The Gallop Government and the City of Fremantle today launched a major development project aimed at enhancing Fremantle’s historic Phillimore Street precinct and improving linkages between the port city and Victoria Quay.
Planning and Infrastructure Minister Alannah MacTiernan said the proposed upgrade would create a community-friendly area that would encourage pedestrians, be attractive to tourists, simplify traffic flow and enhance Fremantle’s unique ambience.
The City of Fremantle and Fremantle Ports, along with the Public Transport Authority and ING, put together the masterplan - which creates public plazas next to key development sites, with good pedestrian traffic flow, to promote development of small businesses along Phillimore Street.
There will be improved vehicle and pedestrian crossings, and heritage buildings, structures and sites will be given greater prominence.
Restoration work will enhance the Fremantle Railway Station and connectivity in general will be improved by better way-finding and linkages.
“The proposed works represent a very significant opportunity to revitalise this part of Fremantle and to improve linkages between the Fremantle CBD and the waterfront, and to make significant improvements to the historic Fremantle Railway Station,” Ms MacTiernan said.
“Because the planning has been integrated, the proposed changes take into account the needs of the city, the port and public transport to produce the best possible outcome for the community.
“The project is part of our commitment to protecting the area’s unique lifestyle.”
Mayor Peter Tagliaferri said plans to improve the Phillimore Street precinct created an opportunity to integrate proposals being developed by Fremantle Ports under the Fremantle Waterfront masterplan, and to connect the city and the port more closely.
“We see this proposed upgrade, which will require joint funding, as something very positive for the community, the city and the port,” Mr Tagliaferri said.
“It will create an attractive precinct that caters for tourists and pedestrians, promotes use of public transport, encourages local business and improves traffic flow. It is a real win-win situation for everybody.”
Consultation with the community and other stakeholders has been recognised as an important element of the planning.
Public comment is invited on the Integrated Master Plan for the Phillimore Street area. Written submissions should be addressed to the CEO, City of Fremantle, 8 William Street, Fremantle, by October 28.
Minister's office: 9213 6400