Fremantle Harbours Master Plan
We are working on a master plan to revitalise and better connect the Fremantle Fishing Boat, Challenger and Success Harbours to the Fremantle city centre
The Fremantle Harbours Master Plan will guide the development of the Fremantle Fishing Boat, Challenger and Success Harbours for the next 40 years.
The aspirational master plan identifies opportunities for improved infrastructure, ways to enhance access and public spaces, and new development sites, while maintaining an authentic working boat harbour. It aims to reconnect the city centre, port and harbours to create a livelier, more accessible waterfront.
The plan proposes:
- converting Mews Road into a promenade with a shared use plaza for festivals and events;
- improving connections through well-defined gateway entries with the extension of Norfolk Street, an upgrade of Wardan Lane to full movement and by strengthening the existing central Esplanade Reserve pedestrian entry;
- enhanced public spaces including new, safer play areas for children;
- more bicycle parking and better public transport integration;
- maintaining an authentic working boat harbour focussing on the fishing industry, maritime services and associated commercial enterprises by retaining but relocating a large commercial boat lifting facility, providing for the berthing and provisioning of the growing superyacht sector and by promoting value-added fishing and commercial maritime activities; and
- creating new development sites opposite Bathers Beach House and where the boat lifter currently operates.
The Department of Transport (DoT) developed the master plan in collaboration with the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage and the City of Fremantle, under the oversight of the Fremantle Harbours Activation Master Plan Steering Group.
Frequently asked questions
The draft master plan includes the Fremantle Fishing Boat Harbour and Challenger and Success Harbours. It also considers the adjacent Esplanade Park, Bathers Beach, the rail line and Fremantle Port, as well as nearby residential and commercial development.
Strong community support was received following the release of the draft plan in September with more than 1,000 people having their say or sharing the information. Feedback provided has seen greater clarity provided on the intent of the document reinforcing its role as a visionary plan which will be supported by detailed planning studies to address built form, design, access and parking. The final plan also provides more detail about community facilities and infrastructure.
Opportunities to make the waterfront more accessible include:
- Two-way access at Wardan Lane so that Mews Road can be used for events and activities without impacting access to harbour operations.
- Providing a view corridor and additional access from city centre to the harbour by extending Norfolk Street directly into Mews Road at the southern end of harbour.
- Closing the Arundel Street entrance which will reduce traffic along The Esplanade and improve safety and access for cyclists and pedestrians.
The master plan creates an opportunity for a new event and activity space at Mews Road by closing sections when required and changing road access points. Mews Road will be pedestrian-focused, reflecting cosmopolitan waterfront precincts around the world and new plazas and park lands will be developed through the Harbour.
The Master Plan envisages new land parcels that will be developed over the next 40 years that will bring people and life back to the water. New development will allow for accommodation in a mixed-use setting to bring people into the area night and day.
The master plan identifies opportunities to improve links between the port, Norfolk Street, The Esplanade and the city centre. This will allow improvements to public spaces, pedestrian walkways, and create better visibility and views to the water.
DoT manages the Fremantle Fishing Boat, Challenger and Success Harbours and will lead the implementation of the final master plan. DoT will work with relevant stakeholders including City of Fremantle, Fremantle Port Authority and the Public Transport Authority to ensure all the current plans align and deliver the best outcomes for the Waterfront Precincts throughout Fremantle.