The State Government will spend $three million upgrading the Fremantle Passenger Terminal to appeal to extra cruise ships and increase tourism.
But Fremantle’s Mayor stated it didn’t go far sufficient, and there was no beginning date for a wider overhaul of South Quay right into a tourism precinct.
On the primary anniversary of his Government’s election, Premier Mark McGowan was speaking up jobs the refurbishment of the 1960s passenger terminal would deliver.
“We believe in tourism. We want to see jobs created. Refurbishing this facility with what is admittedly, not a huge amount of money, but will make a huge difference,” Mr McGowan stated.
The outdoors of the heritage-listed constructing shall be repainted, the doorway upgraded, and the lobby modernised.
“We’re very keen to ensure that we get more cruise ships into Western Australia because we know they bring thousands of passengers itching to spend their money at our businesses,” Mr McGowan stated.
Ahead of the final election, Mr McGowan dedicated a Labor Government to creating “a world class tourism precinct and cruise ship terminus” at South Quay, estimated to create 18,000 jobs.
Planning Minister Rita Saffioti stated loads of work was being completed on that, at the side of planning for a brand new outer harbour in Kwinana by the Wesport Taskforce.
But there was nonetheless no date as to when the holding yards for imported automobiles at South Quay can be shifted and the inns and eating places can be constructed as a part of the brand new waterfront vacationer improvement.
Fremantle Mayor Dr Brad Pettitt stated it couldn’t come quick sufficient.
“There’s only so long they can do small works here and we still end up with a pretty substandard arrival point for the many thousands of visitors that come through Fremantle as part of cruises,” Dr Pettitt stated.
“So, whilst that work is a good small step, the main game is around removing the cars and reconnecting Fremantle through to the water.”
The Government stated that was being checked out.
“In the interim, what other potential changes can be made to move some services, or some port trade for example to Kwinana? And how that could allow for further development,” Ms Saffioti stated.
The passenger terminal improve is due to be completed in about six months.