- McGowan Government commitment to rejuvenate Fremantle Passenger Terminal
- Part of State Government's strategy to boost cruise ship tourism and jobs in WA
- Follows funding for upgrades to cruise ship ports in Broome and Geraldton
The Fremantle Passenger Terminal, which services many thousands of cruise passengers each year, is about to undergo a substantial $3 million refurbishment.
A new central canopy, repainted façade, updated signage and new flagpoles and banners will soon greet cruise ship passengers entering the iconic building.
Meanwhile, upgrades to the inside of the terminal will include refurbishing the ground floor foyer, new security screens and modern furniture for the transit area in the first-floor function hall.
Fremantle Ports engaged Cox Howlett and Bailey Woodland architects to design the works and consulted on heritage conservation requirements.
The work has State Heritage Office approval and is expected to begin this month with completion in time for the 2018-19 cruise season.
The large and spacious Fremantle Passenger Terminal building has been a significant landmark on Victoria Quay since the opening of its first stage in 1960.
It is regarded as an excellent example of the post war international style of architecture and is on Western Australia's permanent Register of Heritage Places.
Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan:
"This upgrade is part of a suite of this Government's election commitments aimed at attracting more cruises to WA, which ultimately means more jobs for Western Australians.
"The cruise sector is an increasingly important sector of Western Australia's tourism industry, servicing international and domestic markets, creating opportunities to showcase our State and making a strong contribution to our economy.
"Having frequented many ports in my life, they really are the gateway to a destination so it's essential WA has an inviting and comfortable passenger terminal to welcome our visitors and travelling residents to give our economy a much needed boost."
Comments attributed to Transport Minister Rita Saffioti:
"The works planned by Fremantle Ports for the terminal will improve the passenger experience in terms of both visual impressions and comfort.
"The Fremantle Passenger Terminal, although designed for an earlier era, has the berthing to handle very large cruise ships and space for servicing large numbers of embarking and disembarking passengers.
"Making it easier for cruise passengers to access the terminal is also important, so achieving better links with the Fremantle train station and Fremantle CBD will be part of our further planning for Victoria Quay."
Comments attributed to Tourism Minister Paul Papalia:
"Cruise shipping is an important sector of our tourism industry.
"WA is an attractive destination for cruise ships and with our Mediterranean climate in the south and tropical climate in the north, we have the capacity to support cruise ship visits year-round.
"These improvements to the Fremantle Passenger Terminal along with improvements at Broome Port will help the industry grow further, which will stimulate the economy and create jobs."
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