Fremantle Harbour to welcome its first Asian restaurant

Good article in the West’s property section on new Asian Restaurant in fishing boat harbour adding to a great part of Freo…

Eating out at Fremantle’s Fishing Boat Harbour.
Eating out at Fremantle’s Fishing Boat Harbour.Picture: Tourism WA

Han’s Cafe will open an outlet at Fremantle Fishing Boat Harbour — the precinct’s first Asian restaurant — joining Bathers Beach House, Char Char Bull, Kailis Fish Market Cafe, Cicerellos, Little Creatures, Baskin-Robbins and Joe’s Fish Shack.

The Perth-based restaurant chain signed a 10-year lease over 240sqm to open its 13th outlet, which it says will feature its new branding, fit-out and a refreshed menu.

CBRE’s Adrian Morabito, who negotiated the deal, said Han’s Cafe’s arrival in Fremantle diversified the food offering in the boat harbour and illustrated the confidence in the port city’s dining scene.

Fremantle is the State’s most visited tourist destination, Mr Morabito said, adding that an upturn in economic activity was helping its retailers.

“With a pipeline of projects in excess of $1.4 billion, Fremantle is witnessing increased consumer and business confidence, which is further supported by a stronger focus on residential and commercial development,” Mr Morabito said….

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The Fremantle Network’s West End Forum: 6pm Monday 22 May

Hear three different perspectives on Fremantle’s historic West End:

  • Celia Hammond, Vice Chancellor of the University of Notre Dame, will share their activation plan for the west end.
  • Gaelle Beech from Anjel MS, is one of the West End traders, and will discuss the area from a business point of view.
  • Maryrose Baker and Richard Mehan from the Fremantle Inner City Residents Association (FICRA) will share a residents perspective and vision for our historic heart.

Join in the discussion and share your vision for this very special part of our city.

6pm Monday 22 May upstairs at the National Hotel. See you there.



The whole time I have been mayor there has been a Liberal State Government. Whilst the Fremantle Council worked constructively with them (including after much work getting 1500 State Government office workers committed to Fremantle) and formed some good relationships there was (unsurprisingly) plenty we didn’t agree on. Given this, the emphatic win by the ALP on the weekend opens up some exciting new opportunities for Fremantle.

South Quay

After the CEO and I met with some of the key ALP players in Fremantle last year to explain the Fremantle Council ‘s position on a range of matters, the ALP pleasingly committed to redevelop the south side of the Fremantle Port.  This is a wonderful opportunity to connect the Fremantle city centre to our waterfront. South Quay is a huge project and one that will happen in the longer term but it is essential (now that we know that Fremantle Port will be capped ) that we start doing some planning on how South Quay can be more than a fenced car park with views. Importantly, it is an opportunity to create a much better arrival point for visitors on cruise ships. Here were some thoughts on this from a year ago and a map of the area we’re are talking about:

Fremantle Hospital and Oval

With the Fremantle Oval deal with the Dockers finally done and the oval soon back under the City of Fremantle’s control, there is a new opportunity to have parts of the Fremantle Hospital site incorporated into a major Fremantle Oval redevelopment as we outlined last year and in our Freo 2029 plans. This of course has dovetailed nicely into the ALP’s recent announcement on having a stronger focus on making the Fremantle Hospital site function more effectively again. Repeated feedback suggests that around 50% of the site is not currently being used. Whilst this is disappointing, it does present a huge opportunity to get that site reused and unused portions redeveloped.

PFL and Knutsford

Finally, the killing off of Roe 8 and the Perth Freight Link by the ALP gives some certainty to the redevelopment of the Fremantle Depot site and other land around Knustford Street (where the tunnel was previously expected to emerge). We are working with Landcorp and others to pull together a nation-leading an environmentally sustainable, mixed use, medium density area but the PFL tunnel was putting that under a cloud. But with the election done we can go ahead with this and hopefully even take the outcomes from the award winning WGV development to the next level.

So congratulations to Mark McGowan and his team and our re-elected local member Simone McGurk. We look forward to working with you. It is going to be an exciting and busy time ahead!

PS We are meeting with the Dept of Transport this week too to see how we can progress this!:

Fair Share: community, affordability and housing in STM

For those of you that missed Belle Taylor’s excellent piece on community, affordability and housing with a focus on Freo in the Sunday Times Mag STM  last week then here it is. Well worth a read.



Invest in Cycling: Westcycle’s Campaign for the State Election

Westcycle is WA’s peak body for cycling (and I am on their board) and in the lead up to the state election Westycle is calling on all parties to commit to doubling funding for cycling infrastructure and deliver the WA Bicycle Network Plan (WABN) on time.

From a Fremantle perspective this is essential. Despite Fremantle being a local government leader in providing safe, connected and convenient cycling infrastructure we have got almost NO state funding towards this is in recent years as there is just enough money to go around local governments.

A recent Auditor General’s Report on cycling found that more than 50% of the Western Australian Bicycle Network Plan is still incomplete. There need to be a doubling of state funding for cycling infrastructure from $20m to $40m per year will help ensure the WABN is completed on time. Importantly, research has shown that the return on investment for cycling infrastructure is around 3.4 – 5.4 times the costs incurred.

For more info and to get involved see:


Port City Priorities – oval to ocean campaign

The City of Fremantle this week unveiled two priority projects of state significance which will continue the momentum of the port city’s ongoing revitalisation and provide thousands of jobs for Western Australians.

The Port City Priorities – oval to ocean campaign will focus on building support to redevelop the Fremantle Oval precinct and the southern side of Fremantle Port (South Quay) into projects of state significance and value.

Watch the launch video

Both projects involve upgrading currently underutilised areas of state government owned land parcels and therefore require collaborative effort from state government, private sectors and the Fremantle Council to bring them to life.

With a $1.4b development pipeline in Fremantle and the $250m+ revitalisation of Kings Square underway, there is great potential to capitalise on the growing interest in Fremantle and transform these well-known but underutilised precincts in our city.

Council has been focused for some years on reviving the city centre but with plans starting to have their desired effect we’re now looking at the next wave of opportunities. Fremantle Oval and South Quay are at the top of our priority list.

South Quay is not only a gateway into Fremantle, but the first impression cruise ship passengers have of Western Australian – which in its current form is a massive temporary carpark and a poor use of prime land which delivers a substandard tourism experience for the 150,000 cruise ship passengers and the local community.

With the cruise ship industry booming and record numbers arriving in Fremantle, including the Ovation of the Seas yesterday, South Quay could become a high-quality integrated commercial and tourism precinct which better connects the passenger terminal to the city centre and leaves a much better impression of Fremantle.

A City-commissioned independent report has identified the development of South Quay would generate 3,700 new jobs and private investment of $3.5b. It would also return almost $1b to the state over 20 years and could be done regardless of whether Fremantle Port is privatised.

With state government support, we could also upgrade and develop Fremantle Oval into a premier community and sporting hub which would revamp the area following the closure of Fremantle Hospital’s emergency department and relocation of the Fremantle Football Club. This would include a WAFL centre of excellence for grassroots football and year-round activation including community events and festivals.

Both priority projects were identified by the community as part of an extensive community visioning exercise in 2013/14 and were included in the City’s Freo 2029 Transformational Moves strategy to unlock Fremantle’s potential as a vibrant and sustainable urban centre.

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Sunday Times Gives Freo Stories a Good Run

Today’s Sunday Times had a good article about Fremantle’s redevelopment focus now Kings Square is locked away. It’s about connecting people and place from oval to ocean and this will be the focus of our lobbying efforts in coming months.  Check out the story here:

The Sunday Times also ran a very amusing opinion piece by Belle Taylor was spot on and funny.