Freo's View


Posted in city of fremantle, hospitality, retail, traders, traffic, Uncategorized, water by freoview on May 30, 2019


There is quite a bit of apprehension about the Pipes for Fremantle works which are scheduled by the Water Corporation to start in June in the Fremantle CBD.

Traders and Council staff are concerned about the inevitable impact the road works will have with road closures, accessibility problems and loss of parking bays, so what can be done to make it as good as possible?

Of course the first that was considered was free parking, but it is doubtful it would have a tangible impact and would be more of a goodwill gesture than anything else.

How can Watercorp make it any better because there is day-time and night-time trading in the inner city, so moving the essential renewal of the pipes to the evenings is not a solution. Day and night work would make the project faster and roads would be closed for a shorter time, but is that practical?

To put it bluntly, without wanting to create panic, there are no easy solutions. The work has to be done or we might end up with water mains bursting and flooding and other damage, so our struggling traders will have to cop it again. I hope for them that financial compensation is an option because there is little doubt that the water pipes work will impact on their businesses.

Streets for renewal include:

  • Bannister Street, between Pakenham Street to Market Street.
  • Collie Street, between Marine Terrace and South Terrace.
  • Essex Lane, between Collie Street and Essex Street.
  • Essex Street, between Marine Terrace and South Terrace.
  • High Street, between Little High Street and Market Street.
  • Leake Street, between Pakenham Street and Market Street.
  • Marine Terrace, between Cliff Street and Suffolk Street, and Howard Street and Price Street.
  • Market Street, between High Street and Bannister Street
  • Nairn Street, between Pakenham Street and Market Street.
  • Norfolk Street, between Marine Terrace and South Terrace
  • Pakenham Street, between Collie Street and Leake Street
  • South Terrace, between Bannister Street and Norfolk Street

We estimate this construction work will take now place between June and November 2019.

Streets no longer included in this package of work include:

  • Henry Street, between Marine Terrace and Phillimore Street.
  • Pakenham Street, Leake Street to Phillimore Street.
  • Phillimore Street, between Henry Street and Pakenham Street.
  • Short Street, between Pakenham Street and Market Street

Renewal of the water mains on these streets will be completed at a later date.

Roel Loopers


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  1. freoview said, on May 31, 2019 at 8:43 am

    No doubt it will impact on our traders but it is essential work that needs to be done.



  2. Rob said, on May 31, 2019 at 7:54 am

    They just built light rail through the centre of Sydney. Noisy and messy but the city functioned and I didn’t see any businesses closed


  3. w3st3ndr3sid3nt said, on May 30, 2019 at 11:08 pm

    Note in this article that the pipework on Beaufort Street was noted as a small contributing factor to the stress on the businesses there. One High Street business owner also has a business on Beaufort Street and has recently said that the extra pressure placed on their Fremantle business by the upcoming pipework may be the final straw.


  4. w3st3ndr3sid3nt said, on May 30, 2019 at 11:00 pm

    At some point ATCO will also be doing work on Market and High Streets. Whether this overlaps or not with the Water Corp work is unknown.


  5. freoview said, on May 30, 2019 at 7:56 pm

    Only for the first nine days of June Kel.



  6. Kel said, on May 30, 2019 at 5:32 pm

    Roel our Deputy Mayor also works at the Water Board in a position of authority.Hopefully she can be of use with a foot in both camps here to help out with the coordination.

    Did you comment that both the Mayor and Deputy Mayor will be absent during the month of June?


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