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Victoria Quay Waterfront

In November 2018, the Minister for Transport approved terms of reference and membership of a steering group chaired by Hon Simone McGurk MLA and has as its objective the preparation of a high-level business case which outlines the potential development of Victoria Quay as a vibrant commercial waterfront area. This business case will build on the ideas, work and plans prepared and progressed in recent years to create a clear, achievable and considered plan that will address the following objectives:

  • outline the drivers for development of Victoria Quay (economic, social, other)
  • articulate a unique, unifying and distinctive identity that will guide the development
  • prepare high-level ‘enabling’ plans for Victoria Quay that are cohesive and consistent with the agreed identity and that can be implemented either as a whole or as viable, stand-alone parcels
  • agree the range of land uses that will best result in the Victoria Quay Waterfront vision being achieved
  • provide for the creation of supporting plans which will outline potential infrastructure works that will improve the connection between Victoria Quay and the broader city of Fremantle
  • articulate implementation triggers that take into account:
    • the needs of the working port
    • the outcomes of the Westport planning process, and
    • economic, commercial and social fundamentals that underpin the successful development and implementation of a vision of this nature.

See the Victoria Quay Waterfront assessment below.

Background 

Fremantle Ports continues to progress the planning and development of the western end of Victoria Quay, with a number of elements of the Fremantle Waterfront Masterplan now in place. Working with other agencies and with community input, the aim is to revitalise this area of the waterfront and improve links with the Fremantle city centre. Elements of the Masterplan now in place include the Western Australian Maritime Museum, which was opened in 2002, O’Connor Landing where the ferries berth, realignment of Peter Hughes Drive, and refurbishment of historic B Shed to house a ferry terminal and café.

In 2013-14, Fremantle Ports engaged Fremantle-based CODA Studio to provide urban design services for the development of three precinct plans for the Commercial Precinct area on Victoria Quay, the adjacent Public Transport Authority land around the Fremantle Railway Station and the City of Fremantle's Pioneer Park. The Victoria Quay Enabling Precinct Plans gained the Policies, Programs & Concepts - Small Scale award at the Planning Institute's 2015 Australia Awards for Urban Design (September 2015). The precinct plan for the Fremantle Ports land and the precinct plan for the Public Transport Authority land were lodged with the WA Planning Commission on 16 September 2014 for consideration and were endorsed by the WAPC on 11 August 2015 subject to a few conditions.

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