With a new container port to be built at Kwinana, a new Western Australian Planning Commission committee has been established to consider land use and economic development opportunities around North Quay and surrounding areas, and to continue developing a new vision for a Victoria Quay Waterfront Precinct.
The Future of Fremantle Planning Committee has a strong focus on job-creation, and will:
- develop a vision for the longer-term redevelopment of Fremantle Port's Inner Harbour
- develop an employment strategy to help inform a vision to maintain local jobs when the container terminals are relocated
- examine planning matters in the North Fremantle Precinct and finalise the work being undertaken by the North Fremantle Development Precinct Technical Advisory Group
- explore exciting new economic opportunities and developments for the coastal city.
The 12-member committee will include representatives from State Government agencies, Fremantle Ports, industry, local government and the Fremantle community. It will be supported by Nicole Lockwood, former chairperson of the Westport Taskforce, and a Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage team.
It will also be supported by the new Future of Fremantle Reference Group which will provide input on key issues relating to the Inner Harbour, such as heritage and transport, drawing on local perspectives of members with a long-standing interest, knowledge and involvement in the area.
Significant projects to revitalise and re-energise Fremantle currently underway or being planned include the Swan River Crossings project, the $100 million investment towards a new film studio and screen production facility, and the redevelopment of the heritage-listed A Shed on Victoria Quay into a microbrewery, restaurant, bar and harbourside alfresco area.
Nominations were sought from community representatives to serve on the two bodies: one community representative for the Future of Fremantle Planning Committee and two for the Future of Fremantle Reference Group.
Applications closed Friday 20 August 2021