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Posted in city of fremantle, development, football by freoview on April 16, 2016

Fremantle Oval


The City of Fremantle’s Finance, Policy, Operations and Legislation Committee will on Wednesday debate to work on a masterplan for Fremantle Oval that would see the site developed in collaboration with relevant State Agencies and stakeholders. This would be similar to what is happening at Claremont Oval at present.

The initial development plans, estimated to cost $ 20 million, could start as early as next year and be completed by 2021, and see the oval turned and repositioned closer to the heritage-listed pavilion. The Stan Reilly aged-care site would be sold off to accommodate a six-storey mixed-use building that would house retail, offices and residential accommodation.

The idea is for the rival South and East Fremantle football clubs to be based and play their games at Fremantle Oval, as I and others suggested over a year ago,  which would see a WAFL game at the oval every weekend during the season. This would also support plans by the Town of East Fremantle to develop the oval at Marmion Street.

Fremantle Oval would become a venue for events and concerts as Fremantle City wants to shift events away from the too frequently used Esplanade. That would be perfect for Sunset Events who now lease the former Fly by Night club hall that is just over the road from the oval.

Pedestrian access to the oval would be improved to link it better to the Cappuccino Strip and there could even be a 250 bay underground carpark under the oval. The latter was a suggestion former Fremantle Society President Henty Farrar made during a meeting he and I had with Mayor Brad Pettitt last year.

One hurdle that stands in the way of achieving these significant plans is that the Dockers have a fifty-year lease over the oval and want the City to buy their HQ building off them.

Also on Wednesday’s FPOLC is a stinger net for South Fremantle.

Roel Loopers

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  1. S.Allen said, on May 11, 2016 at 6:57 am

    Like to see this development finished by the tentative completion date and within the $21mill. budget ~ don’t think so!
    Fremantle is dying the death of 1000 lashes, as a lad that grew up here, it saddens me to see what this and former Mayors and Councillors have done to drag our Port City down, with vacant buildings evident everywhere in our town.
    I think it’s time our State Government had a formal inquiry into the inner realms of the council, it’s finances and it’s representatives, with a positive long term plan to phase them out completely!
    Good luck with the Fremantle Oval upgrade and in passing, who cops the money from the East Fremantle sale?
    Not the rate payers I guess.

  2. Lionel said, on April 16, 2016 at 6:54 pm

    This is the sort of inner city development that should be happening. Mad not to build a carpark under the oval as it will need to be excavated for groundworks anyway.

    Love the idea of forcing the Dockers to rename themselves the Cockburn Dockers if they don’t relinquish their lease for free.

  3. Steve said, on April 16, 2016 at 12:32 pm

    Great to hear – that area is totally underused at the moment. Instead of digging an underground car park under the field, they should consider building up the current triangle car park next to the oval and prison to a 2-3 storey car park (potentially one level down, 1 at ground, and 1 above) with a development on the top at equal level at equal height as the prison grounds.

    Hopefully the Dockers won’t be bad neighbours and sore losers, and hold the city ransom after it skipped town on us. If they do, the City should refuse rights to the use of “Fremantle” and make them call themselves the “Cockburn Dockers”… they chose it over Freo after all!

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