ENTIRE FREO WEST END HERITAGE LISTED
W.A. Heritage Minister Albert Jacob announced this morning at Kakulas Sisters that the entire historic Fremantle West End has been State heritage listed. The boundaries are Market St, Collie St, Marine Tce, Little High St, and both sides of Phillimore Street.
I assume this means both sides of Marine Terrace are listed as it does not specify that in the media release.
This is the biggest single place heritage listing in Western Australia.
The Minister said it had been hard work by the State Heritage Office who had to liaise with 400 individual property owners and that WA had lost many heritage buildings during the 60s and 70s but Fremantle had done well preserving so many of its historic buildings.
The reason for the boundaries were to target the Gold Rush aspect of the West End and other significant buildings are already on the State Heritage Register, including the entire Arthur’s Head.
Mayor Brad Pettitt said it was significant day for the Fremantle that the council had been working on for decades. We wanted higher density and infill in the East End but make sure that the West End is protected, but adapted and used, the Mayor said.
Michael Finn, the owner of the Princess Chambers building said that traders welcomed the infill in Fremantle and that density becomes diversity, but that progress had negatives and positives