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Reducing red tape for Fremantle West End heritage owners
8th Feb 2019
Reducing red tape for Fremantle West End heritage owners

The City of Fremantle will be able to approve minor heritage building works in Fremantle’s West End without needing to refer to the Heritage Council under a new legislative framework. The Heritage Council’s Delegations Framework grants the City of Fremantle authority to assess minor or routine works to heritage buildings, in accordance with Section 11 …

Steering group to drive Victoria Quay waterfront plans
6th Feb 2019
Steering group to drive Victoria Quay waterfront plans

A senior steering group formed to drive forward plans to develop Fremantle Ports’ historic Victoria Quay as a vibrant, people-oriented waterfront precinct has met for the first time last week. The steering group is chaired by Fremantle MLA Simone McGurk and includes high-level representation from Fremantle Ports; Landcorp; the City of Fremantle; Department of Transport; …

Construction progressing at iconic Fremantle netball hub
1st Feb 2019
Construction progressing at iconic Fremantle netball hub

Premier Mark McGowan has visited the southern suburbs’ major grassroots netball facility to inspect the $1.8 million McGowan Government funded upgrades, an election commitment, which will revitalise the iconic club. More than 5,000 participants from across the metropolitan area use the facility each week during the netball season. Western Australian company Buildwell Group is overseeing …

Life-size convict sculpture reflects Fremantle’s past
16th Jan 2019
Life-size convict sculpture reflects Fremantle’s past

Visitors to Fremantle Prison can now walk in the shadow of Western Australia’s convict past, following the installation of a two-piece 14 metre metal silhouette along the Fairbairn Street entrance ramp. The new interpretive sculpture depicts a group of life-size convicts and pensioner guards on their arrival to Fremantle, highlighting the ramp’s significance as a …

Visitor numbers on Rottnest smash previous records
10th Jan 2019
Visitor numbers on Rottnest smash previous records

New figures show that Rottnest Island continues to attract a record numbers of visitors to its shores with 769,000 people arriving via ferry, boat or aircraft in 2018. The 15 per cent record increase in visitor numbers can be attributed to extra ferry services, successful marketing campaigns, celebrity visitors and quokka selfies. Visitation is expected …

Construction starts on Fremantle Line bike path extension
9th Jan 2019
Construction starts on Fremantle Line bike path extension

Work has started on the extension of one of Perth’s most highly anticipated sections of Principal Shared Path (PSP) along the Fremantle railway line. The contract to build the project from Grant Street to Victoria Street was awarded to family owned, Perth-based company Keslake Group Pty Ltd. The construction of the 2.8 kilometre section of …

Fines for supplying banned bags start today
1st Jan 2019
Fines for supplying banned bags start today

Offences for supplying banned plastic bags in Western Australia come into effect today. Retailers who supply banned lightweight plastic bags from today (January 1) risk potential prosecution and fines of up to $5,000. Plastic bag suppliers and manufacturers who provide misleading information when selling bags to retailers can also be prosecuted and fined. The Department …

Prison Gatehouse Goes Orange for 16 Days in WA
26th Nov 2018
Prison Gatehouse Goes Orange for 16 Days in WA

Fremantle Prison’s icon ic gatehouse has been set aglow for the State Government’s campaign, 16 Days in WA to Stop Violence Against Women. Local MP and Family and Domestic Violence Prevention Minister, Simone McGurk joined Fremantle Prison director Paula Nelson on Monday evening as the gatehouse was lit orange for the first time. As part of …

WA leads the nation for freight on rail
16th Nov 2018
WA leads the nation for freight on rail

A recent ACCC report shows Fremantle Port is leading the nation for freight on rail, with the port boasting the highest proportion of containers carried on rail. Fremantle Port currently has the highest share of containers carried by rail at 17.9 per cent – well above the national average of 11.4 per cent at the …

Beeliar wetlands to be preserved for future generations
7th Nov 2018
Beeliar wetlands to be preserved for future generations

Environmental protection for the Beeliar wetlands is one step closer today after the introduction of a Bill into Parliament to rezone 34 hectares of wetland from Primary Regional Roads to Parks and Recreation, preserving it for future generations. The land, part of a larger reservation the previous government planned to raze to build the flawed Perth Freight Link, …