Fremantle Council endorses High Street plan

Media Release:

Fremantle Council has endorsed Main Roads WA’s revised plan for the upgrade of High Street.

The state government last year committed $118 million to upgrade High Street, from Carrington Street to Stirling Highway, to reduce traffic congestion and improve road safety.

A concept plan released by Main Roads in March included a roundabout at the intersection of High Street and Stirling Highway, a wide median to separate traffic and preserve significant trees, and a new service road for residents on the northern side of High Street.

Following extensive community consultation, underpasses under High Street and Stirling Highway were added to the revised plan to improve connectivity for pedestrians and cyclists.

At a special meeting last night the council endorsed the revised plan and also consented to the excision of land from A Class and C Class reserves along High Street to accommodate the project.

To offset the loss of land from the High Street reserves the council is seeking to exchange it for Main Roads land on Clontarf Hill.

Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt said the changes represented a significant win for the community and the City of Fremantle, especially when considering how far the proposal had come since the upgrade of High Street was first mooted almost a decade ago.

“I think everyone recognises the need to improve safety and ease congestion at the intersection of High Street and Stirling Highway,” Mayor Pettitt said.

“The earlier upgrade proposals were way over the top and would have had a huge impact on the local community, but the latest plan does a good job of balancing road safety and efficiency with the amenity, safety of residents and impacts on the recreation reserves.

“I thank Main Roads and the state government for their cooperative approach on this project so far and look forward to finalising the details and resolving the last few outstanding issues.”

The widening of High Street will mean people using the Frank Gibson Park netball courts will no longer be able to park on the verge next to the Fremantle public golf course, but the project will provide parking bays on the new service road and in Wilkson Street.

The project will also result in the loss of two holes on the Fremantle public golf course, and the community facility on the corner of Montreal Street.

Main Roads, in consultation with the City, has engaged golf course architects to provide options to reconfigure the course on the basis it remains a 9-hole, par 34 course with comparable practice facilities and clubhouse, and minimal impact on trees and Booyeembara Park.

It is proposed the reconfiguration of the golf course and its facilities, any impact on Booyeembara Park and the replacement of the community facility will be subject to a funding agreement in which Main Roads will cover the costs and the City will undertake the works.

For more information visit the High Street Upgrade page on the Main Roads website.


Award-winning architect Kerry Hill dies at age 75

I was very sad to hear today that internationally renowned architect Kerry Hill passed away over the weekend.

Kerry’s legacy of beautiful buildings will live on around the world. This includes many buildings in Singapore such as Martin No. 38 and Hana, to the Datai Hotel in Langkawi and The Lalu Hotel in Taiwan, to those here in WA including the stunning State Theatre Centre to the newly completed Perth Library.

Of course, the soon to be constructed City of Fremantle Kings Square Civic Building is designed by Kerry Hill’s Fremantle Office. Kerry Hill won an international architectural competition the City of Fremantle initiated for this important site.

Kerry spent much of his time in recent years in Singapore but each time I would see him in the streets of Fremantle he would enthusiastically quiz me on the progress of the Kings Square project. He was passionate about seeing this major project realised in his home base of Fremantle.

I believe a key way we can now honour his wonderful legacy is to see the beautiful Fremantle Kings Square civic and library building built as close to how he envisaged in as possible – as a high quality building that not only will the whole community be proud of; but will also be seen as the heritage of the future for Fremantle.

Here is an article on Kerry Hill today from Singapore’s The Straight Times:

High Street and Stirling Hwy Intersection Upgrade Resolved …Finally

After over a decade of debate on how to improve High St and the intersection with Stirling Hwy we are pleasingly almost at the point of agreement with Main Roads WA (MRWA) and the State Government to provide an upgrade that does a good job of balancing road safety and efficiency with the amenity, safety of residents and impacts on the recreation reserves.

It is a very good outcome and I want to thank everyone who has worked long and hard on this.

The last outstanding issue is seeing if we can get agreement on a land exchange to ensure Clontarf Hill can also be made a recreation reserve (not a road reserve!). There is more work to be done on this but below is the rough recommendation for the special Fremantle Council meeting this Wednesday at 6pm:


1. Endorse Main Roads latest proposal for the project as per concept design, on the basis that the following objectives will be addressed by MRWA:

i) Inclusion of a grade separated underpasses under High Street at Montreal Street and under Stirling Highway at Forest Street.

ii. Retention of mature trees / managed median strip and lost trees replaced through the landscape strategy.

iii. Maximum 4 number lanes (excluding the service road and slip roads at the roundabout).

iv. Royal Fremantle Golf Course: Entry / Exit arrangement (left in / left out with slip lane) and current numbers of car parking spaces retained.

v. Fremantle Netball Association: Parking provision on service road and Wilkinson Street verge (where practical and without tree loss)

vi. Financial contribution for a new community facility (to replace the current facility at 26 Montreal Street).

vii. Public golf course: Retain 9 holes; Retain par 34;  Minimum impact on trees;  Lost trees replaced through the landscape strategy; Minimum or managed impact on Booyeembara Park; Any works or associated costs in Booyeembara Park accommodated; Financial contribution for any buildings and or facilities to be replaced in accordance with their current size, function and area.

2. Support the excision of A class and C Class reserve to facilitate the project.

3. Request that the State Government agree to a transfer of an area of MRWA freehold and reserved land (excluding land zoned for Residential Development) at Clontarf Hill to an A class reserve to offset the loss of A Class and C Class reserves as a result of this project.


Freo Sustainable Home Expo 13 – 16 September

IF you are interested in sustainable housing then Freo is the place to be in September. As part of Sustainable House Day 2018, the Fremantle Network has teamed up with the Alternative Technology Association to deliver a series of informative events and exhibitions, in collaboration with the City of Fremantle.

People with an interest in sustainable housing can visit the Freo Sustainable Home Expo in the High Street Mall, which will feature:

Grand Designs Freo Exhibition

An exhibition showcasing architectural drawings, 3D renders and photo of exceptional homes, designed or built for sustainability locally. Come and be inspired by some of the most beautiful, creative or cleverly designed homes and housing developments in and around Fremantle.

13 – 16 September in the High Street Mall, Fremantle.

12pm – 5pm Thursday – Friday and 10am – 4pm Saturday – Sunday


One Planet Community Developments

4.30pm, Thursday 13 September at Liv Apartments, Fremantle.

A panel discussion, hosted by ABC TV’s Josh Byrne, that will feature insights from three of Fremantle’s One Planet Community developments. These large scale housing developments have incorporated significant measures to deliver more a sustainable and socially connected developments utilising the One Planet principals.Find out how and why they did a One Planet Community development, and if it was worthwhile.

Refreshments and networking will follow.

The Panel discussion will feature:

  • Liv Apartments by DHA – Cade Taylor, Senior Development Manager
  • Evermore by Yolk Property – Pete Adams, Director
  • WGV by Landcorp – Warren Phillips, Senior Development Director


Sustainability Show Offs!

6pm, Friday 14 September in the High Street Mall, Fremantle.

Get a quick fix of sustainability with this Pecha Kucha inspired event.

Ten local home owners and architects will showcase their sustainable home project in a series of rapid fire presentations (20 slides with 20 seconds to speak on each slide).

Presenters include Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt, who will talk about his own sustainable home renovation, Dimitri Kapetas from EHDO architecture will present the exciting Nightingale project, Rachel Pemberton will present about Ecoburbia, plus get a sneak preview about some of the homes that will be open for Sustainable House Day on 16 September.

Join us for a drink to celebrate the launch of Fremantle’s Sustainable House Day 2018!


Sustainable Tradies Meet Up 

10am – 2pm Saturday 15 September in the High Street Mall, Fremantle.

Come in with your plans, ideas, projects or problems for an opportunity to ask questions, learn and get in touch with experts who can help you to live more sustainably.

We have a range of sustainability experts, tradespeople and professional services on hand to help you progress your project for example:

  • Solar passive design
  • Low impact, low toxicity construction
  • Learn to reduce your impact in how you live
  • Sustainable repairs, restorations & renovations
  • Native, eco urban, vegetable & verge gardens
  • Chook pens, compost beds, garden beds & worm farms
  • Reticulation, water ponds & grey water systems

Grab a coffee from a nearby cafe and come and chat with our experts in sustainable housing solutions and innovations.





The Future of Fremantle’s Working Port

The future of the Fremantle Port is perhaps one of the biggest strategic issues facing Fremantle in the medium term.

With the Westport Taskforce work entering a critical phase; it was important for the council to make its position clear. So this week the Fremantle Council has reaffirmed its position that Fremantle’s inner harbour should be retained as an operating port, primarily focused on container freight handling at North Quay.

The employment and activity associated with the operations of the inner harbour are a critical component of the Fremantle region’s economy. While we recognise the need for an expanded role for the outer harbour at Kwinana, the council is very firm in its view that the inner harbour should be retained as a working port.

Container handling should be maintained at North Quay, provided the associated land side transport arrangements have no greater impact on the local community than current port operations. To achieve this, the council considers the viable level of operations is likely to be in the range of 700,000 to 1 million container units per year.

Victoria Quay should also be progressively developed for community, tourism and commercial uses – in particular with improved facilities for cruise ship passengers.

To facilitate this car imports and other freight shipments coming through Victoria Quay should be transferred to another location as soon as possible. As well as container shipments, the council believes the port should also continue to be used by cruise ships, naval vessels and ferries.

The council has also reaffirmed its long-running support for wind farm on North Quay.

For those of you not aware, the State Government’s Westport Taskforce was established by the state government last year to provide guidance on the planning, development and growth of both the inner harbour at Fremantle and the future outer harbour at Kwinana, and opportunities to expand the Port of Bunbury.

The City of Fremantle is represented on both the Westport Reference Group and a parallel Local Government Reference Group.

Having completed its preliminary investigations, the Westport Taskforce is about to start formulating ideas on how Perth’s port and trade task might be handled over the next 50 to 100 years.

The final Westport: Port and Environs Strategy is scheduled to be presented to the Minister for Transport, Planning and Lands in late 2019.

This Wednesday there is a Community Forum Information at the Freo Town Hall

What: Forum with port and logistics experts to answer the question “Is Fremantle’s Future a Port City?”

When: Wednesday August 29th, 6-8pm

Where: Fremantle Town Hall, 8 William Street Fremantle

Politics in the Pub comes to Freo this Tuesday

Who says politics needs to be a dirty word?

Not when you add beer and a healthy dose of Freo debate!

Join us for the first in a new series of discussions on topical issues, starting with: WHAT WOULD A HUMANE REFUGEE POLICY LOOK LIKE?

Members of the Fremantle Refugee Rights Action Network (RRAN) will kick off the discussion as we explore the challenges, complexities, concerns and compassion regarding Australia’s refugee policy.

Can we build understanding or find a consensus on hot topic issues? Or perhaps we will simply learn more about what is going on.

Either way, come along to be part of informed debate and discussion.

The Fremantle Network will host a series of politics in the pub, those interested can suggest topics for future discussions in the comments section.

The events are not party aligned and everyone is welcome.

Tuesday 23 August in the Garage of The Local in South Freo, arrive at 6.30pm for a 7pm start. Meals are available from the bar.

Fremantle Oval redevelopment moves to next phase

The City of Fremantle has taken the next step towards the redevelopment of the historic Fremantle Oval precinct.

For the past nine months a reference group with representatives from the City, state government departments, local sporting clubs, Notre Dame University, Fremantle Prison and Fremantle Chamber of Commerce has been working to develop the broad vision and design principles for the redevelopment.

This week the Fremantle Council endorsed that vision and authorised the City’s chief executive officer to form a partnership approach with the state government’s land development agency Landcorp to progress the plan.

The redevelopment of Fremantle Oval and the surrounding land was a top priority for the City.

The oval precinct is one of five key strategic sites highlighted in our Freo2029  Transformational Moves strategy that seeks revitalise the centre of Fremantle. The return of Fremantle Oval to community hands last year gives us a great opportunity to reconnect the oval to the city centre and re-establish it as the premier sporting location in Fremantle.

The reference group has done some great work to nail down what we want to get out of this project and the principles that will guide the development as we move forward, and I really thank them for their efforts so far.

Given that most of the land in the precinct is Crown land it makes sense to work with Landcorp on the next phase of the project. Importantly, this partnership approach is designed to prevent ad hoc and uneven development in one of Fremantle’s iconic locations.

I’m really looking forward to working with them to investigate the feasibility of redeveloping the oval in accordance with the vision and design principles we’ve just agreed on.”

As part of the vision for the project Fremantle Oval will become an enhanced sporting centre, including potentially being the home of both South Fremantle and East Fremantle WAFL clubs and a WAFL centre of excellence, as well as catering for cricket matches, AFLW games and cultural events.

Surplus land around the oval precinct offers the potential for a range of community, residential and commercial uses as well as better public connections through the area. The exact mix of development will be identified through the next stages of planning and feasibility work.

Design principles for the project include ensuring the precinct provides green spaces for city workers, residents and visitors; has appropriate height, mass and setbacks and improves the physical connections between the oval, Fremantle Prison and the city centre.

Community engagement will happen once a draft plan and options are developed for the precinct.