The Fremantle Fishing Boat Harbour and the adjoining Challenger and Success harbours are set to be redeveloped over the next 40 years, with a master plan just released that outlines the project and will guide it over the coming decades.
The plan, developed by the Department of Transport in collaboration with the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage and the City of Fremantle, and under the oversight of the Fremantle Harbours Activation Master Plan Steering Group, maintains a working harbour while identifying opportunities for improved access and use of public spaces, improvements to infrastructure and new sites for development, with the end goal of a more connected city centre, port and harbour and a livelier waterfront.
As part of these aims, proposals within the plan include converting the northern end of Mews Road into a promenade and shared plaza, new and safer play areas for children and other enhanced public spaces, improved public transport and cycle integration, and even new superyacht berths.
The plan also addresses improving pedestrian connections with the extension of Norfolk Street, enhancements to the existing Esplanade Reserve pedestrian entry and an upgrade of Wardan Lane.
“We have so much opportunity to shape how Fremantle evolves and grows over the next 40 years, especially with the planned move of the container port at Victoria Quay,” explained Transport Minister Rita Saffioti.
“While there will be changes, the harbour and its neighbours will continue to provide a unique experience as a family-friendly place to visit for not only the residents of Fremantle but the wider community and also interstate and international guests,” added David Michael, Minister Assisting the Transport Minister.
“Future government investment in the harbours is underpinned by the master plan which will transform the boat harbour precinct and connect it to the city centre and the port.”
You can find out more about the Fremantle Harbours Master Plan on the Department of Transport website.