A SENIOR steering group has formed and is moving ahead with plans to redevelop Fremantle Ports’ Victoria Quay. The site blueprints lay out a people-oriented waterfront precinct meant to bring vibrancy to the area.

Member for Fremantle and project chair Simone McGurk said, “The quay has always been an integral part of Fremantle’s history, and it’s the right time to push through and transform it into a high-quality destination for both Western Australians and international visitors.”

Ms McGurk and representatives from Fremantle Ports, Landcorp, the City of Fremantle, Department of transport, the Fremantle Chamber of commerce, Tourism Western Australia, Department of planning, Lands and Heritage, Westport Taskforce, and the Department of jobs, tourism, science, and innovation make up the senior steering team for the Victoria Quay project.

Western Australia ports minister Alannah MacTiernan said, “We have the right people at the table and I’m confident they have the resolve to achieve what the community desires.”

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The meeting held last week included discussions about “the range of land uses in identified ‘precincts’ on the site, the needs of the working port and how to better link the Fremantle central business district to Victoria Quay, across the rail line,” according to a press release from Fremantle Ports.

“This area has a spectacular harbour outlook, a rich and diverse history, cultural meaning for the Aboriginal community and has huge tourism appeal,” Ms McGurk said.

The senior steering team have addressed that project planning must co-ordinate with that of the Westport Taskforce, responsible for examining port and district needs of Western Australia.

The waterfront precinct project would also be an extension of the $3.25m makeover of the Fremantle Passenger Terminal.

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