WA Labor commits $600,000 to upgrade Fremantle City Football Club

Premier Mark McGowan and members for Fremantle and Bicton Simone McGurk and Lisa O’Malley have announced a re-elected Labor Government will commit $600,000 to upgrade women’s facilities at Fremantle City Football Club.

The commitment follows an earlier $100,000 allocation announced by Lisa O’Malley to improve the club’s facilities – with the additional $500,000 providing greater support to improve the club’s change rooms.

The club lacks suitable change rooms and toilets for women, with players currently forced to change in cars or at home after matches.

A lack of appropriate facilities is a barrier to increasing women’s participation, with many turned off by having no facilities or the need to share unsuitable men’s change rooms.

The Fremantle City Football Club’s Centre of Women and Girl’s Excellence at Wauhop Park has the highest participation rates for girls and women in WA.

With the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup coming to Perth, it is important the club’s facilities are fit for purpose as interest in the women’s game grows in the lead-up.

“Women’s sport is continuing to experience growth throughout Western Australia and it is so important we provide decent women’s change rooms and facilities to support this,” said Premier Mark McGowan.

“In 2018, my government introduced WA’s first women’s facilities fund to upgrade outdated men’s-only change rooms all around the State.

“These upgrades will provide Fremantle City Football Club with the facilities it needs to support the growth in the women’s game – especially in the lead up to Perth hosting matches at the 2023 Women’s World Cup.”

State Member for Fremantle Simone McGurk said, “the rates of participation at Fremantle City Football Club’s Centre of Women and Girl’s Excellence demonstrate just how important it is to provide decent, dedicated facilities for all players.”

“Women and girls should be able to come and play community sport without having to get changed in their cars or off in the bushes.

“These upgrades will ensure we continue to encourage women’s participation in football in and around Fremantle.”

Bicton MLA Lisa O’Malley said more local girls and women are taking up the world game.

“I’m proud to support levelling the playing field for local women and girls.”

McGowan Government to help deliver Booyeembara Park Mountain Bike Trails

State Member for Fremantle Simone McGurk announced today that a re-elected McGowan Labor Government would contribute $300,000 towards the construction of Mountain Bike Trails at Booyeembara Park in White Gum Valley.

The City of Fremantle has identified the eastern boundary of Booyeembara Park as an appropriate location for the project.

This site is currently home to several unsanctioned trails, which demonstrate the strong community demand for mountain biking facilities but risk degrading local parkland.

Purpose built trails will improve safety and allow for better protection of flora at Booyeembara Park.

The project will incorporate trails of varying difficulty, creating a riding experience accessible to locals and visitors representing a broad range of abilities.

Fremantle is known for its strong cycling culture, and the trails will provide a valuable addition to one of Fremantle’s best public spaces, in a suburb which has recently seen an influx of young families.

The total cost for construction of the trails is estimated to be approximately $600,000.

The trails will be managed by the City of Fremantle and the Fremantle Mountain Bike Collective.

Further information about the project including the City of Fremantle’s concept plan can be found here.

“Boo Park is the jewel-in-the-crown of Fremantle’s public open spaces,” said Sate Member for Fremantle Simone McGurk.

“The new trails will improve safety, better protect the landscape, draw visitors to Freo and bolster the Boo Park experience for local families.”

Mark Taylor from Fremantle Mountain Bike Collective said, “As a community group with great local support, we’re thrilled to have the McGowan Government’s
help to get this project off the ground.

“Boo Park will offer mountain bikers of all abilities a chance to improve their skills in one of the world’s fastest growing sports a stone’s throw away from the centre of Fremantle.”

City of Fremantle East Ward Councillor Jenny Archibald said this project will deliver a fabulous facility for mountain bike riders of all ages.

“This is a very exciting news for White Gum Valley and all of Freo.”

McGowan Government to deliver for Fremantle’s Schools

A re-elected McGowan Labor Government will deliver $240,000 to support a range of projects at a dozen of Fremantle’s local primary schools.

State Member for Fremantle, Simone McGurk, today committed $20,000 for each of twelve local schools to purchase new equipment, build or upgrade playgrounds and refurbish classrooms.

The funding will deliver new IT equipment at Fremantle Primary, new STEM equipment at Christ the King School, installation of solar panels at St Patrick’s Primary, and a new shade structure for the adventure playground at Phoenix Primary School.

Existing rooms will be refurbished at Southwell and Hilton Primary Schools to create dedicated student support and learning spaces.

Spearwood and East Hamilton Hill Primary Schools will benefit from playground upgrades, while the funding will contribute to new nature play spaces at Beaconsfield, Winterfold, White Gum Valley and Our Lady of Mount Carmel Primary Schools.

“The McGowan Labor Government is putting local schools at the heart of our recovery, creating jobs and delivering outstanding facilities for local families,” said State Member for Fremantle Simone McGurk.

“These projects respond to community need and will enhance engagement, learning, and play at Freo’s primary schools.”

Beaconsfield Primary School P&C’s President Nicola Bagley said, “We’re thrilled that Simone is partnering with us to fund the reinvigoration of underused play spaces at our school.

“This funding will help us drive forward our school grounds masterplan, which has been designed to encourage our children connect with nature, learn about their environment, inspire their young bodies and minds, reduce sun exposure, improve accessibility and physical flow, and encourage social connections.”

P&F President at St Patrick’s Primary School Stacey Gregory said these new solar panels will reduce the school’s carbon footprint, allowing funds to be reallocated to our learning programs.

“We’re delighted to have the McGowan Government’s support as our school strives to improve our sustainability practices.”

Sharon Bell, President of the Fremantle Primary School P&C said replacing their old interactive panel will greatly improve the learning experience, particularly for students with special needs.

“This is amazing news for our school. New laptops will mean students no longer have to share during larger classes in our STEAM learning space.”

McGowan Government Commits to Upgrade Fremantle College Recreation Centre

A re-elected McGowan Labor Government will deliver $360,000 to air-condition and refurbish the Fremantle College recreation centre.

The Recreation Centre is home to the College’s Physical Education programs and is used by all enrolled students as well as a wide range of community groups and organisations.

This commitment will enable the school to install an evaporative cooling system for the gym and weights room, ensuring the centre can be comfortably used by students and the community for years to come.

The funding will also deliver cladding of interior walls to better protect existing insulation, floor restoration works, and installation of secure storage and shelving for sports equipment.

“Since opening in 2017, Freo College has gone from strength to strength, attracting strong enrolments from a diverse range of families across Fremantle,” said State Member for Fremantle Simone McGurk.

“This much needed upgrade will create local jobs, and give this outstanding school the modern, comfortable facilities its staff and students deserve.”

Board Chair at Fremantle College Frank Mofflin said, “Freo College is a new school that has been doing its best with an aging rec centre.

“Without this commitment, our students would be facing another uncomfortable summer in the gym.

“The entire school community will benefit from the fresh, comfortable and well-equipped facilities this funding will deliver.”

Christina Plaistowe, a parent at Fremantle College said this was great news for the school.

“I know my kids can’t wait to start using the refurbished gym.”

Major Upgrades to local schools in Fremantle

State Member for Fremantle Simone McGurk welcomed an announcement from Premier Mark McGowan of a massive funding boost for schools across Fremantle and WA.

A re-elected McGowan Labor Government will deliver a $355 million job-creating schools package to upgrade schools across the State and deliver quality Science, Technology, Engineering, and
Mathematics (STEM) education in all schools, creating 1,620 local jobs.

John Curtin College of the Arts is set to receive $21.5 million for a much-needed redevelopment. The funding will deliver a new science block, additional parking, refurbishment of existing buildings, construction of new administration buildings and classrooms, and the conversion of the old administration building into a student services centre.

Fremantle College and John Curtin College of the Arts will also receive $1.5 million each for upgraded STEM facilities.

Primary schools will benefit from a new $21.1 million primary school science package, where those with more than 100 students which have not received a new science lab in the last four years will be eligible to refurbish and convert an existing classroom into a primary science room.

As part of this funding commitment, primary schools will also have access to $6.8 million worth of science resource grants to enable them to bolster their science education equipment and materials.

The science resources grants will provide the following for primary schools:

  • $5,000 for primary schools with up to 50 students
  • $10,000 for primary schools with up to 100 students
  • $25,000 science resource grant or $40,000 science resource grant for schools with over 100 students that do not have space for a science room.

Fremantle, Beaconsfield, Winterfold, White Gum Valley, Spearwood, Phoenix and East Fremantle Primary Schools will benefit from the science resources grants.

This funding is in addition to $360,000 which has been committed for the refurbishment of the Fremantle College Recreation Centre, as well as a dozen commitments of $20,000 each to support
P&C projects at twelve Fremantle Primary Schools.

“A re-elected McGowan Labor Government will support WA’s recovery and create local jobs by investing in our schools,” said State Member for Fremantle Simone McGurk.

“Access to a quality STEM education will create a better learning environment and ensure our children are well prepared for the jobs of the future.”

Fremantle Board Chair Frank Mofflin said, “We’re thrilled by this investment in our growing school and look forward to putting the new resources to good use, giving our kids the best possible education with a strong focus on STEM.

“With this support, Fremantle College will strengthen its growing reputation as a great choice for local families.”

Christina Plaistowe, a parent at Fremantle College said, “It seems like a science education is becoming more and more important so we’re really pleased that Fremantle College will be getting the resources it needs.”

Construction to begin on new coastal terrace homes in Coogee

Construction has started on the first of a range of quality new terrace homes at Salt Lane, the new medium density precinct at DevelopmentWA’s Shoreline coastal estate in North Coogee.

Thirty-four local workers will be involved in the construction of 14 terrace homes, featuring bespoke design and strong sustainability features, is expected to be completed in late 2021.

The architecturally-designed homes are being delivered by DevelopmentWA as part of a partnership with TERRACE Homes, and are being sold on a turnkey basis.

Four terrace homes are now available for sale, with a further seven coming to the market later in the year. Three terrace homes have already been sold.

Eligible buyers may also be able to access the McGowan Government’s Building Bonus and the Commonwealth’s Home Builder grants.

Salt Lane will apply a fresh approach to medium-density housing and offer a diverse new range of housing close to Fremantle, including a total 35 terrace homes close to parklands which feature a kick-about space, shaded areas, picnic tables and benches, barbeque and a boardwalk.

Shoreline, which will ultimately be home to 5,000 people in 2,500 houses, is a visionary coastal development. On completion the development will include a primary school and provide over 10,000sqm of retail and commercial space, supporting 780 jobs for Western Australians.

“The State Government is committed to providing Western Australians with a diverse range of innovative, high-quality housing options at affordable prices close to the established areas we all know and love,” said Lands Minister Ben Wyatt.

“Homes at Salt Lane will showcase the best in design and build quality, with a focus on sustainable development – delivering a coastal village with all the benefits of urban amenity.

“Eligible home buyers could see up to $45,000 in State and Federal Government grants available to them, making a coastal lifestyle even more accessible.”

State Member for Fremantle Simone McGurk said, “It is fantastic to see the next stage of construction at Shoreline begin, continuing the process of transforming more than 106 hectares of former industrial land into a vibrant coastal village.

“The development of the Salt Lane precinct, already underway with the completion of new community facilities and parkland in September last year, will provide welcome new housing options in a sought-after coastal location.

“Salt Lane has a strong relationship with the surrounding area and showcases how best practice and innovative design principals can meet the State’s changing housing needs.”

Local workers begin transformation of former school site into innovation residential estate

Local workers have commenced work to transform the Hamilton Senior High School Site into a new innovative, sustainable residential estate.

Around 400 workers will be involved in the construction of the DevelopmentWA ‘Innovation through Demonstration’ project, which will feature approximately 232 lots and more than 330 new homes.

The diverse housing products to be created include single residential lots, split-level lots, 125sqm compact lots and five grouped housing sites.

The estate will also include two small mixed-use commercial sites and set a new industry benchmark for quality residential infill.

The project has received Urban Development Institute of Australia EnviroDevelopment certification and the maximum 6 leaves for its high standard sustainability initiatives.

In designing the estate, DevelopmentWA has worked with the site’s natural landform, with a focus on retaining established trees and biodiversity.

More than 350 new tree plantings will double the existing tree canopy to cover 30 per cent of the estate, providing shaded areas for residents as well as for nesting birds and other animals.

The project will also showcase an innovative approach to demolition waste management, salvaging, crushing and processing demolition materials on site to be re-used and re-purposed in future landscaping and civil works at the estate.

Some 10,000 tonnes of materials from the former school buildings were processed on site, with 85 per cent of this to be reused as part of the civil construction and landscape works.

The commencement of works comes two and a half years after the former school was closed. The estate will reflect the site’s Aboriginal and European heritage, and its importance to the local community, through street names, landscaping, public art and the use of materials from the former school.

“Getting this project off the ground now helps support our State’s economic recovery, with local businesses and workers involved in the construction of the estate,’ said Lands Minister Ben Wyatt

“The development is expected to attract $97.7 million in private sector investment and the first lots are expected to be released in 2021.

“The estate will deliver genuine choice for homebuyers by introducing a diverse range of new housing types and price points to an area dominated by older single-lot homes.

“I’m pleased to see the cultural and historical elements of the site will be reflected in the development – taking in not only its history as a school, but also the Aboriginal heritage of the area.”

State Member for Fremantle Simone McGurk said, “This new development will be a great place to live – it’s close to excellent transport links and established infrastructure.

“The innovative approach taken to demolition and recycling of the former Hamilton Senior High School buildings has demonstrated a new way forward for the development industry.

“Through careful management and on-site processing, 85 per cent of the 10,000 tonnes of demolition materials recovered will be re-used across the new estate.

“This approach not only prevented thousands of tonnes of waste going to landfill, but also removed some 1,000 trucks from our roads during the demolition process – delivering environmental benefits, and reducing congestion and disruption for the local community.”

McGowan Government investing in coastal erosion hotspots

The McGowan Government has allocated almost $7 million to four high priority coastal erosion hotspots and an additional 42 coastal management projects across Western Australia.

Transport and Planning Minister Rita Saffioti today announced $5 million would be allocated to four high priority coastal erosion projects across WA including:

  • $3.25 million to the City of Fremantle for the Port Beach large-scale sand nourishment project to provide up to 10 years of protection for one of the State’s most iconic beaches;
  • $500,000 to the City of Wanneroo for Quinns Beach groyne construction;
  • $600,000 to the City of Greater Geraldton for Drummond Cove groyne construction and sand nourishment; and
  • $650,000 to the City of Rockingham for Point Peron coastal management including sand management and spur groyne refurbishment construction works.

All four of these projects were classed as high priority projects by the State Government’s 2019 ‘Assessment of Coastal Erosion Hotspots in Western Australia’ report, which identified 55 coastal erosion hotspots across Western Australia.

An additional $1.76 million will be allocated to 42 projects across WA to assist local governments and communities to plan, protect, manage and enhance Western Australia’s coastal areas.

Funding has been provided through the State Government’s $5.5 billion WA Recovery Plan and through annual grant programs administered by the Department of Transport and the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage.

This year’s grants will bolster coastal manager and community partnership projects while providing a welcome employment boost for those actively working in environment and coastal planning and management.

The State Government is continuing to push for a co-ordinated national approach to managing coastal erosion, with the Premier raising the issue at COAG last year.

“Today we are announcing $5 million to go towards four high priority coastal erosion hotspots across Western Australia including the much loved Port Beach in Fremantle,” said Transport and Planning Minister Rita Saffioti.

“We are also allocating an additional $1.76 million to another 42 coastal management projects.

“This funding will support local governments, community groups and coastal managers to ensure appropriate measures and coastal management plans are in place to secure our natural asset for many years to come.

“Infrastructure Australia has listed coastal erosion as a priority project and we will continue to lobby the Federal Government for a co-ordinated approach to manage this national issue.”

State Member for Fremantle Simone McGurk said, “The McGowan Government is acting to protect Port Beach.

This investment is great news for Freo and will deliver sandy shores at Port for years to come.”

Fremantle Prison benefits from $1.6 million in WA Recovery funds

Fremantle Prison will benefit from a cash injection of $1.6 million as part of the McGowan Government’s WA Recovery Plan investment in community and cultural infrastructure.

Heritage Minister David Templeman said the $1.6 million was another contribution by the State Government towards the $9.6 million of essential conservation works identified in the recent master plan that will support the future success of Fremantle Prison.

Last year, $3.5 million was provided for urgent works including repairs to the Main Cell Block which were recently completed by local Aboriginal contractor Thuroona Services.

This year, the slope of the Main Parade Ground will be levelled off to prevent future damage to the cell block caused by insufficient drainage, and provide a more suitable space for hosting large events and enhancing the tourism potential of Fremantle Prison.

Funding will also cover urgent repairs to the prison hospital which was constructed in 1857 and is currently leased to The Literature Centre.

Mr Templeman said revenue from ticket sales for the various tours and visitor experiences contribute to the financial viability of Fremantle Prison, however COVID-19 restrictions have hampered the ability to operate these attractions, including the popular tunnels tour.

Fremantle Prison celebrates its ten-year anniversary as one of the eleven member sites of the UNESCO World Heritage Australian Convict Sites.

“Fremantle Prison is WA’s only built world heritage site, and only world heritage place in Perth.  Both Federal and State Governments need to work collaboratively on our responsibility to the Australian people to invest in preserving this important piece of our heritage,” said Heritage Minister David Templeman.

“Conservation works to the Parade Ground in particular, will unlock the potential of Fremantle Prison to attract and host larger events in this space in the future and we expect those works to commence within six months.

“I am pleased to invest in the protection and conservation of this iconic place of architectural and social history and hope that the Commonwealth can find funding sources to support our contribution and the creation of immediate and future jobs here in Western Australia as our nation recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Federal Member for Fremantle Josh Wilson MP said, “Fremantle Prison is one of Australia’s most affecting and complex heritage sites and the 10-year anniversary of its World Heritage listing should prompt the Federal Government to follow WA’s lead and support further fundamental restoration work.

“In October 2019 I wrote to Minister Ley to suggest the Morrison Government should match the States’ efforts to fund vital conservation and restoration works required for all these places of internationally significant heritage and dark history.

“Considering the circumstances we now find ourselves in I believe it’s a perfect time for the Federal Government to work with State and Territory Governments on plans for job creation and shared funding that will ensure the sustainability and conservation of all these sites, including Fremantle Prison.”

State Member for Fremantle Simone McGurk said Fremantle Prison is a significant contributor to the local economy, drawing an average of 200,000 visitors per year.

“The works that will be carried out thanks to the WA Recovery Plan funding, will create even more opportunities for dynamic events that will bring people into the Prison and the Fremantle CBD.

“Recent announcements about the sale of the Technical College in the heart of Fremantle, and the revitalisation of the A Shed by Gage Roads Brewing company, paint an exciting picture for the future of our port city and I want to ensure that the Fremantle Prison is part of that future.”

A Shed redevelopment to transform Victoria Quay

Fremantle’s Victoria Quay is set to be transformed into a tourism landmark, with a new micro-brewery, eatery and café set to open in the historic A Shed building next year.

The McGowan Government has granted a lease to Western Australia brewing company Gage Roads Brewing Company to refurbish and develop the almost 100-year old building following a request-for-proposal process.

The Gage Roads proposal will see the heritage-listed goods shed transformed into a working micro-brewery, eatery, alfresco area, bar and café.

The facility will operate seven days a week as a family-friendly venue geared towards attracting a wide clientele of locals and tourists, including those visiting Victoria Quay by bike, on foot and via public transport.

The 100m-long A Shed occupies a total land area of more than 3,000sqm, making it a significant development site.

The micro-brewery, bar and eatery will take full advantage of the building’s heritage features and A Berth frontage to the port. Refurbishment will be undertaken at Gage Roads’ expense to plans approved by Fremantle Ports and in accordance with heritage obligations.

Work will commence on the refurbishment of A Shed in October this year, with the new A Shed development set to open in Summer 2021-22 next year.

The jarrah-framed and weatherboard A Shed was built in 1925-26, replacing an earlier goods shed on the site constructed in 1905. It has most recently been used by the WA Maritime Museum for office space and exhibits in storage.

The new development comes as the McGowan Government releases the Victoria Quay Waterfront Steering Committee’s assessment of future opportunities for Victoria Quay.

The Steering Committee, chaired by Fremantle MLA Simone McGurk, met throughout last year to undertake a high-level opportunity assessment of the Victoria Quay precinct.

The committee found that improving connectors to the Fremantle CBD, introducing effective catalysts for development and ongoing place activation measures were three key drivers for Victoria Quay’s future development as a vibrant civic, commercial and tourism destination.

It identified a number of potential opportunities for the future and the implementation of some of these will now be considered by the State Government.

The assessment can be found here.

“The redevelopment of A Shed delivers on our election commitment to bring high-value uses to the precinct and develop it as a world class tourist destination,” said Premier Mark McGowan.

“Right alongside the existing spectacular WA Maritime Museum, with an incredible harbour vista, this will become a highly-popular destination for both Western Australians and tourists.

“In a challenging economic period, this is a major demonstration of confidence by a key player in the WA hospitality industry, that will generate jobs in both the construction and operational phases.”

Ports Minister Alannah MacTiernan said, “Once complete, this Gage Roads facility will be a fantastic place to have a meal or drink, watch the theatre of the working port at the mouth of Swan River and absorb the history of this iconic Western Australian site.

“A Shed is one of the most exciting tourism development opportunities in Western Australia and this project is a tremendous step toward delivering this part of Victoria Quay as a world-class civic hub in a port environment.

“We are particularly excited that Gage Roads will use this new development to showcase beers and products from regional WA, helping to support our regional food and beverage businesses.”

State Member for Fremantle Simone McGurk said the site of Fremantle Harbour has a rich history, “covering indigenous, economic, social and labour stories many of us know so well, and A Shed is a significant example of the wharf’s unique industrial architecture.

“This is a game-changer. Opening in summer 2021, this development will significantly increase foot traffic into the western end of Victoria Quay, and spur other development, as we progressively transform Victoria Quay into a world-class people place.”