Barnett must follow through on promise to revitalise Fremantle

Barnett must follow through on promise to revitalise Fremantle

The Barnett Government has finally begun to listen to the community’s calls to honour its election promise to bring a government department to Fremantle.

Member for Fremantle Simone McGurk cautiously welcomed news that expressions of interest will be sought to provide office accommodation for government workers.

The Fremantle community has faced three years of uncertainty since the Barnett Government made the commitment in 2012. Colin Barnett’s threat to walk away from his promise due to community opposition to the Perth Freight Link has caused unnecessary angst.

“We’ve fought extremely hard for this development and the Barnett Government made a promise to the community in 2012. It’s crucial for the economic revitalisation of the Fremantle CBD,” Ms McGurk said.

“It looks like things are finally starting to progress, but the Barnett Government has let down the Fremantle community before. I know business owners who have shut up shop because they were expecting the Government to fulfil its commitment only to be left out in the cold.

“While I welcome this week’s development, I’ll continue to campaign for a government department in Fremantle until the move is complete,” Ms McGurk said.