$3 Million Upgrade Of Fremantle Passenger Terminal Announced By Premier

$3 Million Upgrade Of Fremantle Passenger Terminal Announced By Premier

Western Australia Premier Mark McGowan

Western Australia Minister for Transport Rita Saffioti

Western Australia Minister for Tourism Paul Papalia

Fremantle Passenger Terminal To Get $3 Million Refresh

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  • McGowan Government commitment to rejuvenate Fremantle Passenger Terminal
  • Part of State Government’s strategy to boost cruise ship tourism and jobs in Western Australia
  • Follows funding for upgrades to cruise ship ports in Broome and Geraldton

Fremantle Passenger Terminal, which services many thousands of cruise passengers each year, is about to undergo a substantial $3 Million refurbishment.

“This upgrade is part of a suite of this Government’s election commitments aimed at attracting more cruises to Western Australia, which ultimately means more jobs for Western Australians.” Premier Mark McGowan said.

“Cruise sector is an increasingly important sector of Western Australia’s tourism industry, servicing international and domestic markets, creating opportunities to showcase our State and making a strong contribution to our economy.”

A new central canopy, repainted façade, updated signage and new flagpoles and banners will soon greet cruise ship passengers entering the iconic building.

Meanwhile, upgrades to the inside of the terminal will include refurbishing the ground floor foyer, new security screens and modern furniture for the transit area in the first-floor function hall.

“Works planned by Fremantle Ports for the terminal will improve the passenger experience in terms of both visual impressions and comfort.” Minister for Transport Rita Saffioti said.

“Fremantle Passenger Terminal, although designed for an earlier era, has the berthing to handle very large cruise ships and space for servicing large numbers of embarking and disembarking passengers.”

Fremantle Ports engaged Cox Howlett and Bailey Woodland architects to design the works and consulted on heritage conservation requirements.

Work has State Heritage Office approval and is expected to begin this month with completion in time for the 2018-19 cruise season.

WA Minister for Transport Rita Saffioti

WA Minister for Tourism Paul Papalia









“Western Australia is an attractive destination for cruise ships and with our Mediterranean climate in the south and tropical climate in the north, we have the capacity to support cruise ship visits year-round.” Minister for Tourism Paul Papalia said.

“These improvements to the Fremantle Passenger Terminal along with improvements at Broome Port will help the industry grow further, which will stimulate the economy and create jobs.”

Large and spacious Fremantle Passenger Terminal building has been a significant landmark on Victoria Quay since the opening of its first stage in 1960.

It is regarded as an excellent example of the post war international style of architecture and is on Western Australia’s permanent Register of Heritage Places.