New face of Fremantle Station marks start of precinct's restoration
The first stage of Fremantle Train Station's restoration has been completed as part of a $6.3million project to return the station to its former glory and revitalise the historic precinct.
Planning and Infrastructure Minister Alannah MacTiernan said the front entry façade's completion marked the end of the project's first stage and signalled the beginning of a larger plan to rejuvenate the west end of Fremantle.
"Restoring the station's stone façade is just the first step in enhancing Fremantle's historic Phillimore Street precinct and improving linkages between the port city and Victoria Quay," Ms MacTiernan said.
Fremantle Ports, the City of Fremantle and the Public Transport Authority recently released a precinct masterplan featuring public plazas, key development sites and improved vehicle and pedestrian crossings.
"We are creating a community-friendly area that encourages pedestrians and visitors, simplifies traffic flow and enhances Fremantle's historic maritime character," the Minister said.
"Completion of the new station façade is a great way to kick off this massive project."
Fremantle Railway Station was included on the Heritage Council of Western Australia's Register of Heritage Places as a Permanent Entry in 2001 and is protected by the Heritage of Western Australia Act 1990.
All work is being carried out in accordance with an approved Heritage Conservation Plan.
"Stage One works included paint removal, stonework repair and timber restoration of the façade," Ms MacTiernan said.
"The second and third stages will include restoration of the station's main building and the old Parcel Office Building by the end of 2007.
"Once completed, the restoration will see the station through another 50 years before any more restoration work is required.
"Fremantle Station has the second highest patronage of any station in the metropolitan area, and by maintaining and enhancing the infrastructure it will remain one of our network's premier stations.
"This project is part of the Gallop Government's commitment to protecting WA's unique built environment."