Fremantle to keep Carnival Australia cruise ships

Great news on the return of Carnival to Fremantle. this will be good for jobs in Freo and beyond.

Leading cruise company Carnival Australia has announced Fremantle will be used as a home port for Princess Cruises after an earlier threat to pull out.

The WA Government’s commitment to fix infrastructure issues helped seal the deal, which will see the redeployment of Sun Princess, with 2,000 guests.

Speaking on sister ship Sea Princess, Premier Mark McGowan said he became aware of the problems after being elected.

“They’d been making submissions to the former government for a considerable period and there’d been no action,” he said.

“It turned out one of the major issues was the dredging of the channel into Broome Port.

“The other was pulling up in Geraldton, there was a problem with what’s called the shore tensioning units.”

The Premier said shore tension units had been installed and dredging would occur at Broome next year to allow all-tide access.

Loss of ships ‘would have cost $135m’

Stuart Allison, Princess Cruises’ vice president for Australia and New Zealand, said the topic of better access to ports was an issue around Australia.

Mr Allison said the five Sun Princess cruises in October and November next year could be the start of bigger things.

“Ultimately our long-term ambition is to bring even larger ships to Western Australia,” he said.

“Be it the 3,000-guest Ruby Princess, which will be based in Australia from later 2019. Or even the flagship of the Princess fleet, the Majestic Princess — 3,500 guests — which will be based in Sydney from September of next year.

“But we can only start to make those decisions about bringing those ships to Western Australia and to Broome when we know that those tidal issues are no longer a concern to us.”

WA Tourism Minister Paul Papalia said the knock-on effect would have been devastating if Fremantle had lost homeporting of Carnival Australia-managed ships.

“The impact of that would’ve been in a couple of year’s time a reduction of regional port visits by two thirds, and a loss of $135 million of spend,” he said.

“What we’re talking about today is huge for Fremantle and for the regions. By way of example, this ship has 2,000 passengers, 30 per cent of those passengers have come from interstate, and 12 per cent have come from overseas.”

Mr Papalia said he was confident environmental approvals would be given for the dredging at Broome, and said the operation itself would only take a couple of days.

Regional Development Minister Rita Saffioti said the Government also expected to make an announcement about plans for Fremantle’s South Quay and Passenger Terminal before Christmas.

Freo tourist numbers set to double with Kings Square FOMO festival precinct

This is a BIG retail announcement for Freo. Fear Of Missing Out indeed!

Freo tourist numbers set to double with Kings Square FOMO festival precinct

The FOMO space will incorporate the redevelopment of the former Myer and Queensgate buildings and carpark.
The FOMO space will incorporate the redevelopment of the former Myer and Queensgate buildings and carpark.Picture: Supplied

Kings Square Fremantle will play host to a semi-permanent festival under a radical but carefully curated multimillion-dollar plan for a borderless retail, community and entertainment precinct.

FOMO, as the precinct has been christened, will reverse the effect of decades of neglect to allow Fremantle to reclaim its status as a thriving tourist destination, according to Sirona Capital managing director Matthew McNeilly, the developer of the $270 million office, retail, church and civic precinct.

“We threw out the retail rule book,” Mr McNeilly said.

“We saw a once-in-a-generation opportunity to harness the unique personality of Fremantle to create a retail environment where the journey will be as important as the destination.”

The flavour of FOMO, the 5783sqm retail space at the heart of Kings Square, will be devised in a series of workshops with the community, artists and musicians of Fremantle, highlighting and intensifying the best of Fremantle’s makers and artisans.

The Daily will be part of an art, architecture, culture and retail hub “unique to Fremantle”.
The Daily will be part of an art, architecture, culture and retail hub “unique to Fremantle”.Picture: Supplied

Its precincts include Street Alley, Tidal Land and Newman Court — a food space with slow food, good food, fast and fresh food which then morphs into spaces selling homewares, fashion and homemade goods.

Radical retail architect, HDR Rice Daubney principal Susanne Pini, said the double-storey Emporium (the former Myer building) would echo a “cool container” with an eclectic mix of organic and free flowing retail concepts.

For example, an area called The Daily, will offer local makers workspace, gallery, retail space around the base of the old carpark area and a window for passing pedestrians into how artisans bring their ideas to life.

City of Fremantle mayor Brad Pettitt said FOMO will be an art, architecture, culture and retail hub “unique to Fremantle”.

The project, to include two office campuses with 20,400sqm of A-grade office space, a revamped 800 bay carpark and outdoor retail, entertainment and eating spaces and a new $50 million civic precinct for the City of Fremantle, was “a unique opportunity to take a retail risk”, Mr McNeilly, said.

The office complex will house more than 1500 workers and Mr McNeilly said that in curating and intensifying the appealing elements of Fremantle, FOMO would almost double the number of tourists visiting Fremantle from 1.6 million to 3 million a year.

Congratulations to Yolk – Winners at 2017 UDIA Awards for Excellence

Urban Development Institute of Australia on Fremantle’s Revival

There was a good article in the Weekend West by Rhys Kelly who is the President of the  Urban Development Institute of Australia  WA on Fremantle’s Revival:

It was encouraging to see the announcement recently that the long-awaited Kings Square redevelopment in the City of Fremantle had commenced.

After six years, the $270 million project, which is a partnership between private developer Sirona Capital and the City of Fremantle, will deliver a much needed rejuvenation to the area which has deteriorated over a number of years.

The City of Fremantle has embraced the project as a focal point for a broader Fremantle revival which includes the redevelopment of a range of public and private areas throughout the city.

In fact, according to the city’s Economic Development Strategy, there is an investment pipeline of more than $1.3 billion which will transform Fremantle.

More development activity in recent years is certainly beginning to reshape the identity of Fremantle into a more vibrant place with a mix of housing typologies that suit the growing and diverse population.

According to the latest census data, the population of Fremantle has increased by 7 per cent since 2011. There is a high proportion (36.5 per cent) living in semi-detached housing such as town or row houses and 20 per cent living in apartments.

There is also a high portion of rental properties, with 42.3 per cent of private dwellings rented.

Higher density living options in Fremantle are a growing trend, with old warehouses along the port side of the city being transformed into residential living, including M Group’s Heirloom apartments and Defence Housing Australia’s $61 million Liv Apartments on Queen Victoria Street.

Yolk Property Group will also be releasing another large apartment building, Little Lane, in the centre of town on the old Spotlight store site.

These residential developments are bringing a higher number of residents into the heart of the city and, in turn, growing the demand for a range of amenities, services, retail and employment opportunities within the local area.

Kings Square will deliver extensive once and retail space along with a new civic centre, library and public open spaces including a playground and indoor and outdoor community spaces.

Also in the pipeline is a redevelopment of the Woolstores Shopping Centre precinct by Silverleaf. An application is with the council for an 11-storey redevelopment including an Adina hotel.

Fremantle Oval has also been the subject of a $20 million investment to redevelop it into a premier sporting and community hub.

Overall, the City of Fremantle looks to be embracing the opportunities that come with partnering with private industry to deliver positive outcomes for the area and attract more residents and visitors.

Kings Square Project Officially Underway

It was a special day in Fremantle today with the official start of works on Kings Square project. Here is how The West reported it.

Freo stakes future on $270m Kings Square revamp

An artist’s impression of Sirona Capital's Kings Square redevelopment in Fremantle.
An artist’s impression of Sirona Capital’s Kings Square redevelopment in Fremantle.Picture: Sirona Capital

The developer behind the $270 million Kings Square Fremantle overhaul says he will deliver an exciting shopping concept that will “challenge conventional thinking” about retail in Perth.

Persistence and blind faith have paid off for Sirona Capital managing director Matthew McNeilly who, along with WA Treasurer Ben Wyatt and Housing Minister Peter Tinley, today marked the start of a construction project that has moved at a glacial pace — it took at least six years to get to the start line — but is expected to transform a bleak corner of Fremantle into a thriving civic activity centre.

The project, a partnership with the City of Fremantle, will inject 28,500sqm of new office and retail space into the port city and produce a new administration and civic centre for the council.

The city square will be revamped with landscaped grass areas, public art, a children’s playground, specialty retail and dining, public toilet and change areas for adults and children, a new library and indoor and outdoor community spaces and meeting rooms.

More than 1500 public servants will move offices to Fremantle.
More than 1500 public servants will move offices to Fremantle.Picture: State Government

Fremantle mayor Brad Pettitt said the renewal was the most important infrastructure development in Fremantle in a generation and pledged the council would fund its $50 million share without raising rates above CPI.

The office component of the project has been underpinned by the State Government’s commitment to relocate 1500 housing authority employees from the CBD to the port city in 2020.

Mr Wyatt said it was a great example of the positive impact public-private partnerships could have on infrastructure and communities.

The economic fillip for Fremantle would start immediately, with 1100 full-time construction jobs, Mr Wyatt said. It is expected to inject $358 million into the local economy.

Mr Tinley, a Fremantle boy, said sharing new state-of-the-art facilities with other agencies would encourage greater collaboration and more co-ordinated services.

“I am sure the relocation of important government services to the area will also boost the local economy,” Mr Tinley said.

Kings Square Fremantle, to be built by Probuild, includes 25,800sqm of office, shopping and entertainment and a new administration and civic centre designed by Kerry Hill Architects for the City of Fremantle.

Probuild managing director Sam Delmenico said the project would take 21/2 years.

Dr Pettitt said public and private spending in the area has topped $1.3 billion.


WA Today/SMH

State Govt press release

Community News

West Australian


The Herald and Freo View have published favourable coverage today as well. You can also stay up-to-date via the dedicated Kings Square website and social media platforms here

WA Business News summary of the new projects that are shaping Freo’s future.

WA Business News today provided a good summary of the new projects that are shaping Freo’s future as Perth’s second city.
Including the first public released renders of the Coles Woolstores redevelopment by Silverleaf with is another huge project on a similar sclae to the Kings Square project – which is one of the biggest developments in Freo’s history.

World Environment Day, One Planet and Freo

Today is not only  the WA Day national holiday but it is also World Environment Day. Fremantle has long been a front runner in Australia’s sustainability journey.  To celebrate i thought I would  share a  few cool environment things from Freo.

First is a great little video by Barking Wolf made  a little while ago about how the City of Fremantle’s One Planet strategy is reducing our footprint.

The second is a congratulations to Yolk whose Evermore development in WGV just got awarded One Planet certification:



Last week Yolk Property Group’s Evermore development was recognised by Bioregional Australia Foundation as a One Planet Community and national leader for a commitment to sustainable living – making it the first apartment development in Western Australia to receive this honour.

Bioregional Australia Executive Director Suzette Jackson said Evermore showed a strong commitment to sustainability, particularly through its shared solar initiative.

“Evermore is setting the bar high with its sustainability and quality of life features and is showing strong initiative in pioneering new technology and applications,” Ms Jackson said.

Ecological foot-printing shows that if everyone in the world consumed as many natural resources as the average Australian, more than four planets would be needed to support the existing global population. Ms Jackson said One Planet Communities lead by example enabling people to transition to a one planet lifestyle.

“Evermore is unique not only in that it is the first apartment development in Western Australia to be recognised as a One Planet Community, but it sits within a One Planet Community, LandCorp’s WGV precinct, within a One Planet City, the City of Fremantle. While individually assessed and recognised in their own right, they share a common vision of creating communities where it’s easy, attractive and affordable for people to lead happy and healthy lives using a fair share of the earth’s resources,” she said.

In 2014 the City of Fremantle was one of the first councils in Australia to become a One Planet City.

One Planet Living is about working collaboratively to create places which enable people to live, work and do business within the natural limits of the planet.

Having Yolk adopt the One Planet Living philosophy and principles for its Evermore WGV residential development is not only fantastic news but yet another sign of the relevance of living sustainably, particularly within the realms of our port city.

One Planet Living is an international framework and recognition is widely considered by developers to be the highest accolade in terms of sustainability, with the stringent recognition process adding to its credibility.

Director of Yolk Property Group Pete Adams said the recognition has added weight to the claim that Evermore is the greenest apartment development in Western Australia.

We’re immensely proud to become part of a network of the earth’s greenest neighbourhoods. Our goal with this development is to go above and beyond and lead by example, even if it means treading untested waters, taking risks and trialling new ideas or technology,” Mr Adams said.

At Evermore, Yolk Property Group is pioneering the use of shared solar technology in a large-scale strata setting with a governance model developed by the Curtin University Sustainability Policy Institute.

It has been forecast the technology will produce approximately 80 per cent of the apartments’ power, with residents expected to benefit from a 30 per cent saving on their electricity bills. With so much power off the grid, residents also have the advantage of being less affected by fluctuations in energy prices. Real-time measurement and recording of water and power consumption will further give residents greater control over their energy usage and ensure maximum energy-efficiency.

Mr Adams said Evermore aims to achieve sustainability through addressing the One Planet Living principles related to sustainable water, local and sustainable food, sustainable materials, zero waste, zero carbon as well as culture and community. He said the focus with Evermore was not solely on the end-product, but how residents will live in the development after building is complete.

“One example of how we’re looking beyond construction is our aim to promote social interaction and reduce disconnectedness and isolation of residents. The design of a communal space between buildings with courtyard,

veggie garden and bicycle repair station will offer shared spaces to encourage interaction, a way for neighbours to foster relationships,” he said.

“When you look at the guiding principles behind One Planet Living, it’s all about creating strong, connected communities that consume and expend wisely, with a view to the future and that goal is shaping every element of Evermore,” Mr Adams said.

Evermore is the first apartment development in Western Australia to be recognised as a One Planet Community. It is only the fifth One Planet Community in Australia, joining the ranks of organisations, schools, governing bodies and communities recognised under the One Planet Living framework globally.

Construction of the highly sustainable Evermore development is expected to commence later this year and conclude early 2018. For more information visit: