IMPORTANT FREMANTLE OVAL PROJECT
The disappointing footy season for WA teams is over and the Fremantle Dockers will next year move to Cockburn, so what is the future of Fremantle Oval and the Stan Reilly site?
The City of Fremantle has big plans for a Fremantle Oval Precinct but is hampered by the stubborn refusal of the Dockers to relinquish the lease that they have on it until 2054. The Dockers want a big sum of money from the City of Fremantle for their administration building, which I understand was partly financed with a loan from the City. A bit greedy maybe.
There is an in principle agreement that the South Fremantle and East Fremantle Football Clubs will share Fremantle Oval and an external project manager has been appointed by the City to overlook the development, which includes the Stan Reilly site, with retail outlets along South Terrace to connect with Wray Avenue.
One would hope the stalled development of the former Synagogue site next door will also be completed soon.
The project group (including CoF, FFC, SFFC, EFFC, Sport and Rec) used a company called Davis Langdon to prepare the business case for the co-location project.
The City of Fremantle is due to engage a company called BDO to undertake the more detailed financial analysis and funding analysis for the project.
The masterplanning and more detailed design will be done in house by Russell Kingdom – Russell recently joined Freo City from the City of Perth where he was head of City Design.
It is a shame Fremantle Oval is not yet ready to take on events as the 2017 Blues&Roots Festival has been cancelled by Sunset Events because of issues getting approval to hold the event on the Esplanade.