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Across the metropolitan area, a successful
25 years will be about investing in the right kind
of infrastructure for what’s going to create a really
livable and environmentally sustainable place
where community is possible. That means we
probably need to stop investing in what a colleague
of mine calls ‘blingfrastructure’ – infrastructure
that’s gold and shiny and looks good. I think
Perth City Link is a really good project, but
when the government is spending hundreds of
millions of dollars on Elizabeth Quay and not
doing projects like MAX Light Rail, or they’re not
doing key basic infrastructure projects because
they’re spending a billion dollars on a new
stadium, when there’s a perfectly good one in
existence, I think there’s a problem.
Fremantle is on the cusp of a transformation. We
have $1 billion of new private investment coming
through in the next 10 years. As a comparison,
there was $800 million of investment for the
America’s Cup, half private and half government.
This new investment will result in more people
working here and playing here. We’ve got five
new hotels either recently completed, being
built or recently approved, along with new
interesting residential developments. We’re just
starting to see a lot of hard work come to fruition,
which is really exciting.
BRAD PETTITT – MAYOR OF FREMANTLE
If we’ve been successful, Fremantle will be a mixed-use, mixed-demographic, vibrant, seven-day-a -week urban centre served
well by transport from the north, south and east, and will offer a diverse range of affordable housing, great open spaces and
high-quality architecture. Fremantle’s diversity is its strength. It’s natural for areas to gentrify, but we need to keep the diversity
alive and nurture our bohemian, artistic and working class. My vision is that, by 2040, we will predominantly run off renewable
energy. We will have wind turbines at the port and a large-scale solar farm at South Fremantle tip site. All buildings will be
energy-efficient, and as a city we will have nearly a zero carbon footprint.
We need this development to happen in a timely
way. We need the State Government investing
in Fremantle, moving State Government offices
into Fremantle. That will rapidly speed up the
transformation. And we need a commitment to
light rail, a proper investment in transit that links
new hubs into Fremantle. That is vital. I would
have a great regret if I was here in 2040 and we’re
still a car-dominated city that is increasingly
congested because we failed to embed good transit
planning into our future.
The $220 million public/private redevelopment
of Kings Square, kicking off in the second half
of this year, is the key transformative project
for Fremantle. There will be a high-level design
outcome and the civic part is the result of an
international architectural competition won by
local architects Kerry Hill.
Another key project is the transformation of
the East End, from Target to the traffic bridge.
There’s not a lot there that is worth keeping.
We’ve increased allowable heights to between six
and ten storeys, depending on the site, which has
provided a new impetus for development. With
new residential accommodation, retail and offices,
it will be a modern East End to complement our
historic West End. Concept plans are also being
developed for a $350 million redevelopment of
Victoria Quay so that will be an exciting project
down the track.
So many other parts of the world take design
quality as a given. We need to start demanding
it – high-quality buildings for the 21st century
that are energy- and water-efficient. Everything
we invest in must be at the forefront of dealing
with climate change. WA has the biggest carbon
footprint, per capita, of anywhere in the world.
We have an obligation to invest in green buildings,
renewable energy and efficient transit. If there’s
a fundamental failing over the last decade it’s that
we haven’t done that. The technology, in terms of
Everything we invest in must
be at the forefront of dealing
with climate change.
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