Fremantle FBH projects

The Department manages the harbour and is currently overseeing a number of major multi-million-dollar improvement projects that will benefit users and ensure the iconic harbour continues to deliver a unique experience to visitors.

FFBH electrical upgrade

Project overview

In July 2020 the State Government announced funding for the Fremantle Fishing Boat Harbour Electrical Upgrade as part of the $5.5 billion WA Recovery Plan.

There has not been an upgrade of the electrical infrastructure at the harbour since around 1985 leading up to the America’s Cup defence and it is now in need of replacement to support the many and varied activities at the harbour. 


The planned upgrade of electrical infrastructure will have significant benefits including:

  • a more reliable and robust electrical supply for tenants;
  • provide enhanced operational safety for maintenance crews;
  • additional capacity to future proof the harbour’s electricity supply; and
  • enable on-site renewable energy generation. 

As the manager of the facility, DoT is responsible for providing and maintaining the electrical infrastructure and the upgrade will see a safer network with improved capacity powering operations at the harbour for decades to come.

Project status

Since funding was announced DoT has undertaken significant planning activities for the project including consultation with key stakeholders, including tenants, on their current and future electrical requirements.

There has also been engagement with stakeholders to ensure the timing of the project and DoT will continue to work closely with tenants to limit the impact of the works.

As part of the planning phase technical engineering surveys have been undertaken and preliminary design work for the project has commenced.

Construction activities are anticipated during 2024 with major works taking place over winter to minimise disruption to the public and businesses.


Jetty 3 replacement

Project overview

WA Recovery Plan funding was announced last year for the replacement of Jetty 3 at Fremantle Fishing Boat Harbour (FFBH).The jetty has reached the end of its serviceable life and the replacement project continues work by the Department to upgrade marine infrastructure at the iconic harbour.

This multi-million dollar project involves the replacement of the jetty with a modern floating pen system providing 45 new modern berths, providing world class facilities for penholders. 

Project status

This project is currently in the delivery phase following the completion of a tender process and award of a $5 million contract to GTS Australia to undertake jetty renewal projects at both Hillarys Boat Harbour and FFBH

The majority of the work at FFHB will be completed by mid to late 2023 with limited disruption to current penholders and harbour operations. 

To become a penholder at FFBH contact the Departments Marine Operations Centre on 08 9431 1020.

  FFBH amenities building and services upgrade project

Project overview

The Department has outlined plans to significantly improve facilities for penholders at Fremantle Fishing Boat Harbour (FFBH) with a multi-million dollar project that will provide a range of benefits for harbour users.   

A key element of the project will see the construction of dedicated penholder amenities including shower, bathroom and laundry facilities and BBQ.

The new building, at the western end of Capo D’Orlando Drive, requires a small land reclamation to be undertaken to provide space for the new building.

The reclamation work provides an opportunity to upgrade fire and other services to the area at the same time.

The improved facilities at the harbour will add to its significant appeal as a very convenient place to pen a vessel with easy access to Rottnest Island and the Swan River. 

To become a penholder at FFBH contact the Department's Marine Operations Centre on 08 9431 1020.

Project status

Phase 1

A “construct only” “open tender” for Phase 1 of works was released to market on 27 April 2022. 

Works on Phase 1 of the project are expected to commence mid to late 2022. 

This will see the construction of the new land reclamation, creating an additional 600 square metres of land (approximately). Phase 1 works will also include installation of upgraded services, and containment of these services within a corridor along the southern edge of Capo D’Orlando Drive also providing a pedestrian walkway and landscaping above.

Phase 2 

Following completion Phase 1, works on Phase 2 will commence; this will involve the Construction of a modern penholder facility in a secure area, in line with marina design standards. 

Penholders can expect access to the new facility from early 2024.

External Link 27/04/2022: Further investment planned for Fremantle Fishing Boat Harbour

  Proposed penholder amenities building (image gallery)

Page last updated: Mon Oct 17 2022 9:51:30 AM