Future of Fremantle

With Kwinana announced as the preferred location for Perth’s new container port, Western Australia has a rare opportunity to plan for the future of Fremantle | Walyalup’s Inner Harbour and surrounding land.
Last updated: 24 August 2023

Fremantle | Walyalup is located on Whadjuk Country and we acknowledge the Traditional Owners and custodians of the land and waterways. 

For more than 120 years, Fremantle | Walyalup has been home to a working port. The potential redevelopment of the Inner Harbour precinct is a rare opportunity to reimagine a new future for the city – one that brings new economic, social and environmental benefits.

With the proposal to relocate Fremantle | Walyalup’s container port to Kwinana to meet Western Australia’s long term freight needs, the State Government, through Westport, is planning for how and when the future port will be built, how it will operate and a timeline for the move.

Concurrent to this work, the Western Australian Planning Commission’s Future of Fremantle Planning Committee is developing a vision for the long-term redevelopment of the Inner Harbour precinct, in collaboration with community and interested stakeholders. 

A multi-disciplinary team is in place to prepare:

  • an economic development strategy to promote future economic growth, investment and employment into Fremantle; and
  • a land use plan to set a vision for transformation of the Inner Harbour that builds on the unique identity of Fremantle | Walyalup and is shared by the community.

The process will explore opportunities to bring a new era of investment into the area through diverse industry sectors and reposition Fremantle | Walyalup as a world-class city and tourism destination.

In mid-2024, the Planning Committee will make a recommendation to Government on a vision for the precinct.