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Posted in architecture, city of fremantle, development, town of east fremantle, Uncategorized by freoview on April 26, 2017


East Fremantle Deputy Mayor Michael McPhail is Australia’s youngest Deputy Mayor. His impressive presentation at the Fremantle Network of the vision plan for the East Freo Leeuwing Barracks and foreshore showed why he was elected by his peers to the position.

A lot of water will flow under the bridges before the plans will be realised as the Defence Department owns the land and will have the final say after all, but at least the Town of East Fremantle is pro-actively involved in what must be one of the most significant development projects for the town and greater Fremantle.

McPhail said this was Fremantle’s day and Fremantle’s time and that the area is an emerging area for opportunity thanks to Fremantle Council, and it needs a regional big picture view.

He said the two major future visions for river foreshore development in the Perth metro area are the Leeuwin Barracks and the South Quay project, and he showed East Fremantle’s Port to Point Vision, all the way from Fremantle Port to Point Walter. It is about how we reconnect Fremantle to its foreshore McPail said.

He rightly pointed out that the South Quay project is a long way away still, while the Leeuwin development is imminent with land sales starting later this year, and said the East Street jetty area could be beautified by Fremantle Council before that.

Riverside Drive is old and needs to be realligned to accommodate the vision plans and the huge Leeuwin development that would see some 1,400 new residents moving into new apartment buildings, a new hotel, shops and large green open spaces for residents and the wider community to enjoy.

The vision showed two major 15-storey towers on the 14 hectare site plus 4-8 storey buildings spread among the large public spaces that will connect to river boardwalks.

It will require careful planning by the Town of East Fremantle and Mainroads to accommodate the additional vehicle movement along Preston Point Road and Riverside Drive as the majority of the new residents and visitors will be driving cars.

Michael McPhail is right that he sees this as a huge opportunity for Greater Fremantle and I believe it is essential for the two local councils and State Government to work together on a vision plan for the foreshore area from the Fremantle railway station all the way to Point Walter.

Roel Loopers

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  1. Fred said, on April 27, 2017 at 9:42 am

    It’s VICTORIA Quay not South Quay, and it urgently needs development.

  2. freoview said, on April 26, 2017 at 3:53 pm

    Probably the name for this vision project that is bigger than just Victoria Quay, Robert.


  3. Robert said, on April 26, 2017 at 3:18 pm

    When and who changed Victoria Quay to South Quay and why?

  4. freoishome said, on April 26, 2017 at 11:00 am

    I agree with your comments about Michael.

    I interpreted his comments regarding South Quay project more broadly than the very limited FPA plans for the area north of the Railway station, ie, he implied plans for the development of the whole of South Quay, linking the whole coastal/river strip from ocean to Pt Walter, mentioning that only north quay retaining Port Ops. He also spoke specifically about this drive coming from CoF (in the last year) rather than FPA.

    If my interpretation was correct it would be good to get a better insight into what CoF is thinking.

    I have long said, here and elsewhere, that CoF should be given control of the land no longer needed for Port Ops on South Quay and also between South Mole and South Beach. FPA should stick to its knitting ie, managing port related business, not land mgt typically managed by Local Authorities, and particularly not going in direct competition with Fremantle’s City Ward. (I think the same applies to airports development.)


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