The proposal for development of the Customs House and Centrelink properties in Fremantle’s West End raises the very important question where staff would move to if development eventuates. Will they leave Fremantle and what would that mean for our city’s economy if hundreds of public servants pulled out of the city? Or might they move into the future Woolstores development by Silverleaf and stay in Freo?
The State Government and private sector need to do more to decentralise the workforce and move people away from the Perth CBD as freeway congestion is at an all-time high and public transport use down by 2.1 per cent, with thousands of people staying away from overcrowded trains and buses during peak hours.
Fremantle can ill-afford to lose people working in our city, so hopefully the Customs and Centrelink staff will be relocated here if development of their present premises happens.