IS A REDEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY FOR FREMANTLE NECESSARY FOR REVITALIZING OUR PORT CITY?

There has been a bit of debate over the last week about whether  a  redevelopment authority for Fremantle is necessary for revitalizing our Port City after the the idea was mooted by MLC Simon O’Brien (who was previously the minister for transport) late last week.

As I said to both ABC TV and the Herald, my view is that a state government controlled redevelopment authority for Fremantle is an option of very last resort.

The Fremantle Council would much rather the collaborative Fremantle Union process was better supported by the State Government and we work cooperatively with the  State to get the planning and development outcomes that Fremantle desperately needs – including a fully integrated Victoria Quay Project, light rail to our south and east, and a State Government department in the centre of Fremantle ASAP.

A collaborative approach with Fremantle Ports, Department of Transport and other State Government agencies is the way to go.

Simon O’Brien has indicated he is coming from wanting some longer term thinking about the future of the Fremantle Port and its impacts on Fremantle. I have no problem with that concept but I think the Fremantle 2029 visioning process and other roundtables would be more suited than a redevelopment authority for Fremantle for this task – BTW first workshop on this Thursday. Hopefully Simon will be there too.

Click to hear to watch the ABC news story on the item

A Fremantle Redevelopment Authority? ABC News June 2013

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One Response to IS A REDEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY FOR FREMANTLE NECESSARY FOR REVITALIZING OUR PORT CITY?

  1. dianaryan says:

    Someone’s been whispering in Simon O’Brien’s ear to have brought on the RDA bid.

    Definitely stay on this, Brad (says a member of the currently neutered 92,000-strong Canning community).

    Out of curiosity, have the principles of the Fremantle Union expressed explicit support for light rails to Freo’s south and east, and now rather than later, and if so, what is the basis for this?

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