Tuesday, April 23, 2024

Community to have say on future of Freo Oval

City of Fremantle Council is inviting members of the community to have their say on the future of the historic Fremantle Oval precinct.

The Council is working to prepare a masterplan for the Fremantle Oval precinct alongside its project partners, the South Fremantle Football Club (SFFC), Fremantle Football Club (FFC) and Western Australian Football Commission (WAFC).

The masterplan is intended to provide a vision for the redevelopment of the precinct, establish principles for its ongoing management and operation, and assist the City in attracting funding from State and Federal Governments, Council said in a statement.

It builds on previous studies that have been undertaken for the site over the past 10 years.

The redevelopment of the Fremantle Oval Precinct will unlock new potential uses for the area, including providing a second-tier football facility for 10,000-15,000 patrons, an accessible community space capable of hosting large events and an improved visitor experience, said Mayor, Hannah Fitzhardinge.

“We’re excited to have the community help us reimagine what has been a relatively shut off and disconnected part of our city,” she said.

“Many of us have fond memories of visiting Freo Oval over the years, whether it’s seeing the Bulldogs take on the Sharks in a local Freo derby, watching the Dockers take on Brisbane in the first-ever AFLW game played in WA, or going to a concert or event.

“However, we’re also conscious that for the future of these sports, particularly with the fantastic increase in female participation, the current facilities are woefully inadequate.

“This engagement process encourages people to help shape the future of the Fremantle Oval precinct, which forms an important part of the historic heart of our Port City. This redevelopment provides an opportunity to deliver significant sporting, cultural and economic benefits for the local community.”

The Mayor said other potential uses for the site could include childcare, affordable housing or rehabilitation facilities connected to the nearby Fremantle Hospital.

Reflecting Fremantle Oval’s significance as a place where many Aboriginal footballers began their careers and became legends, the project will also include specific engagement in which Aboriginal people can share their own stories of the site, she said.

“Fremantle Oval plays an important role within the football landscape, and this redevelopment will ensure a well-equipped facility caters for current and future football participants, both at a community and elite level,” said WA Football Commission CEO, Michael Roberts.

“As female football continues to grow, the WAFC is committed to providing high quality and inclusive facilities for the community which will accommodate our elite teams including the AFL, AFLW, WAFL and WAFLW.”

The Council will host a community drop-in session at Fremantle Oval on Saturday 4 May.

To view key documents and take the survey before 14 June go to mysay.fremantle.wa.gov.au.

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