26 September 2023

New plan to guide harbours’ development

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The Department of Transport has issued a draft master plan for the Fremantle Fishing Boat Harbour and adjoining Challenger and Success harbours.

The draft master plan is now open for public comment.

Minister for Transport, Rita Saffioti said the draft plan is to guide the development of the iconic Fremantle Fishing Boat Harbour and Challenger and Success harbours for the next 40 years.

“Central to the plan is the retention of the unique, world-class working harbour with opportunities for long-term urban renewal, enhanced public spaces and improved access to the harbour from Fremantle’s city centre and a redeveloped Victoria Quay,” Ms Saffioti said.

“It also sets a framework for sustainable future development and will complement the existing work under way to redevelop Fremantle’s Victoria Quay Waterfront Precinct through the Future of Fremantle Planning Committee.”

She said a key initiative in the draft master plan was the reconnection of the heart of the city to the water’s edge by extending Norfolk Street, leading into a new mixed-use precinct.

“Fremantle was recently listed by Time Magazine as among the top 50 must-visit destinations in the world, and future work to redevelop our port city will make it an even better place to visit, live, and do business,” Ms Saffioti said.

“The master plan will help ensure that the harbour continues to provide a unique experience as a family-friendly place to visit, while optimising opportunities to grow and develop — in step with the City of Fremantle — stimulating the local economy and employment.”

The release of the draft master plan follows extensive engagement with harbour tenants, user groups, and the City of Fremantle.

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