PREMIER of Western Australia Mark McGowan has pledged to spend $3m to upgrade the Fremantle cruise terminal in order to attract tourists.
Mr McGowan said work was about to start on the old terminal which dates from the 1960s.
“This upgrade is part of a suite of this government’s election commitments aimed at attracting more cruises to WA, which ultimately means more jobs for Western Australians,” the Premier said in a media release.
The cruise sector is said to be an increasingly important sector of Western Australia’s tourism industry.
“Having frequented many ports in my life, they really are the gateway to a destination so it’s essential WA has an inviting and comfortable passenger terminal to welcome our visitors and travelling residents to give our economy a much needed boost,” the Premier said.
Transport minister Rita Saffioti said works planned by Fremantle Ports for the terminal would improve the passenger experience.
“The Fremantle Passenger Terminal, although designed for an earlier era, has the berthing to handle very large cruise ships and space for servicing large numbers of embarking and disembarking passengers,” he said.
“Making it easier for cruise passengers to access the terminal is also important, so achieving better links with the Fremantle train station and Fremantle CBD will be part of our further planning for Victoria Quay.”