Dockers Deal to come to Freo Council Tonight

After a long journey good to have on the table an agreement with the Fremantle Dockers that returns control of Freo oval to the community, gets the city staff some good value temporary accommodation during Kings Square development, and enables ongoing strong links between our port city and the Dockers.

Freo Oval Deal Finalized with Dockers

After  long negotiations I am pleased to say that the City of Fremantle and the Fremantle Football Club have reached an agreement which will see Fremantle Oval returned to the community and redeveloped as a vibrant precinct hosting a wide range of cultural and sporting events, including AFL Women’s games.

This was well covered in the media today including:


In summary, following negotiations with the Fremantle Football Club (FFC), the City of Fremantle is set to resume the 37 year head lease of Fremantle Oval via a $1.5m settlement paid in instalments to the FFC over a three year period.

Now that we have finalised the lease negotiation with the Dockers we can get on with transforming the oval and surrounding precinct into a valuable community asset with cultural and sporting events all year round

As you would have read previously, the redevelopment of the Fremantle Oval precinct is one of two priority projects identified by council (the other being the development of the South Quay area of Fremantle Port) for their potential to generate jobs, redevelop currently underutilised assets and maximise social and economic benefits to the state.


Temporary relocation of City staff to Fremantle Oval

A key outcome of the lease agreement is the ability for the City to utilise the oval buildings as temporary offices later this year.

Temporary administration offices will be required while the current council administration building is demolished and new offices built as part of the $250m Kings Square cultural precinct redevelopment.

This will involve transferring staff from the current office in Kings Square to the Fremantle Oval office administration buildings for a period of 2+ years while construction of the new offices is being completed.

We’ve looked at multiple options for temporary staff accommodation, including the adjacent Stan Reilly site, but relocating to Fremantle Oval is by far the cheapest and most viable option

Initial estimates for temporary accommodation in the Fremantle city centre were above $3 million so reaching this agreement has pleasingly resulted in significant savings for Fremantle ratepayers.

Relocating to Fremantle Oval also provides an opportunity to bring forward plans to deliver more than 160 new car bays at the Stan Reilly site which will provide inner city parking and a new revenue stream.”


Sponsorship agreement

Separate to the lease agreement, the City and the Dockers are currently negotiating a long-term sponsorship deal for the Dockers to retain a strong presence in their spiritual home of Fremantle.

This is expected to include AFL Women’s games and member days at Fremantle Oval, a club store in Fremantle and game tickets allocated to the City of Fremantle for distribution to the community.

We’re very pleased the Dockers are committed to retaining and strengthen the links the club has built up with the local Fremantle community over the past two decades


Relocation of St Patrick’s Community Housing facilities

A key consideration of any development of Fremantle Oval is the relocation of the St Patricks Community Housing facilities, which provides short-term crisis accommodation for at-risk men.

The facilities are currently located at the Stan Reilly site on the corner of South Terrace and Parry Street. This site forms part of the broader redevelopment plans for the precinct and therefore an alternate location will be required for these services.

Recognising the value of the services offered by St Patrick’s, Fremantle Council has agreed to contribute $200,000 to assist with relocating the service to a new site in the region.

The Stan Reilly site is a big part of the redevelopment plans but the work St Patricks do out of this site is critical. I’m pleased we’ve been able to work with them to provide funding for an alternate long-term location where they can continue their great work in the community.


Women’s Football has a Huge Debut at Freo Oval

History was made at Fremantle Oval today with the first AFL women’s game to be played in WA fought out between the Fremantle Dockers and the Brisbane Lions.

There was a capacity crowd of 10,000 people and a fun family atmosphere. While the Dockers were defeated after a tight, hard-fought game it was great to witness this historic occasion. We hope to be able to make this a regular feature at Freo Oval.

Here are a few snaps of the day:


Fremantle Oval Lease Negotiation Progressing Well.

You may have seen today the story in the West about the Fremantle Oval and the ongoing City of Fremantle /Docker negotiation:

These are getting close to been finalised so I can’t say much more at the moment (other than the West’s dollar figures aren’t correct) but here is a statement we put out today (and more to come in next few weeks):


Fremantle Oval lease
The City of Fremantle and the Fremantle Football Club (FFC) are close to finalising an agreement which will see the FFC surrender its head lease of Fremantle Oval back to the community.

Council has authorised City officers to finalise negotiations with the FFC within an approved set of parameters, with a view to reaching a formal agreement in the coming weeks.


Securing the head lease back into community hands will pave the way for redeveloping the precinct into a premier community and sporting hub.


The redevelopment of the Fremantle Oval Precinct is one of two key projects identified by council as being able to continue the revitalisation of Fremantle and provide jobs, redevelop underutilised assets and maximise social and economic benefits for WA.


Further details will be made available once negotiations have been finalised.



Media enquiries:

Communication Coordinator

City of Fremantle

T 08 9432 9552



Port city ‘purplification’ begins

Freo is gearing up for another massive September, with AFL finals fever already taking hold of the port city ahead of the Fremantle Dockers’ premiership campaign which starts against the Sydney Swans this weekend.

Our famous ‘cappuccino strip’ (South Terrace/Market Street) has already started being ‘purplified’, with painting of the median strip taking place over the weekend.

Fremantle business are be encouraged to get involved with the ‘purplification of Freo’, with the City putting up $1 000 cash for the best shop window decoration.

Dockers’ fans and visitors to Fremantle can also get in on the action by taking a ‘Go Freo selfie’ for the chance to win cash prizes. To enter the competitions people should include #fremantlestory on their social media posts.

With the huge success of our AFL grand final street party last year, the number one question we’re getting is what would happen in Freo if the Dockers made the grand final again this year. While not wanting to pre-empt anything, we are starting to think about that possibility and what we could do if and when time comes.

So fingers crossed, if Fremantle was to make the AFL grand final again this year the City would honour its commitment to provide fans with the best place to support the Dockers’ outside of being at the game itself.

This year, giant TV screens would be placed at two locations, the first at Fremantle Oval (two screens) and the second at Princess May Park. Fremantle Oval has a capacity of up to 20 000 and would included a separate licensed area. Princess May Park would become the designated family-friendly area, able to accommodate up to 3 000. Both venues would include food vendors and free entertainment.

Having the  main event at Freo oval also means we will be able to share equipment with the Fremantle Football Club to host their big public event in Freo if they win (not wanting to jinx it!)

We would still close South Terrace for the day to allow for the massive amounts of foot traffic in and around the streets and at licensed venues.

purple strip

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The West’s take on the Grand Final in Freo

Freo Mayor proud of record crowd

Rebecca Trigger, The West AustralianSeptember 28, 2013, 6:53 pm

An estimated 40,000 Dockers fans commiserating at a post-grand final street party on Fremantle’s streets have been largely peaceful and law abiding, according to the city’s Mayor.

Fans watched on big screen as their team’s captain, Matthew Pavlich, led his teammates in a match against Hawthorn at the MCG today.

Despite the team’s loss, the vibe remained upbeat as many stayed to party in the city centre, closed to vehicle traffic for the occasion.

It was the biggest day of festivities Fremantle had seen since the Australia II’s America’s Cup win almost 30 years ago to the day, Mayor Brad Pettitt said.

“It was spectacular, it made me really proud of Fremantle,” Mr Pettitt said.

“It had that real sense that people were passionate and vocal but really well behaved.”

Pubs and restaurants did a bustling trade with punters at some venues queuing for an hour before they could get inside for a beer.

People crowded the windows outside some venues trying to catch a glimpse of the screens as they steamed up from the crush of people inside.

The largely calm celebrations were briefly marred as some people were ejected from the Sail and Anchor tavern, and two young men were taken into custody by police.

Dockers captain Matthew Pavlich with his baby after the game. Picture: The West Australian/Michael Wilson

Liquor licensing authorities closed down the bar’s balcony after reports of people tipping beer and flicking cigarette butts at people’s heads.

Beer stocks were hammered at taverns across the city but Sail and Anchor manager Pete Bottcher said theirs should last through the weekend.

Picture: Getty Images

At the Old Shanghai food court, one stall holder said she had ordered in more food in preparation for the post-match festivities.

“Because now I think business in Fremantle has not been so good, but because there’s something special, I think all the businesses are expecting (it to pick up),” said the stall holder, who asked not to be named.

Die-hard fan Kevin Croon, 68, said he was happy he watched the match with other fans.

“Fremantle’s a very local place, we’re a great local community,” he said.

“The feeling’s been fantastic.”

Map of what is happening in Freo for Grand Final

It is going to be a big day. Four screens, kid zones, and lots of Freo fun. I’ll see you in there.