Fremantle Fishing Boat Harbour projects

The Department of Transport is upgrading services and amenities at Fremantle Fishing Boat Harbour to provide a better experience for harbour users and visitors.

Electrical upgrade

In July 2020, the State Government announced funding for the Fremantle Fishing Boat Harbour (FFBH) electrical upgrade as part of the $5.5 billion WA Recovery Plan.
Electrical infrastructure at the harbour had not been upgraded since around 1985, leading up to the America’s Cup defence, and needs replacement to support the many and varied activities at the harbour. 

The planned upgrade of electrical infrastructure will provide significant benefits, including:

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

The Department of Transport (DoT) manages FFBH and is responsible for providing and maintaining the electrical infrastructure. The electrical upgrade will create a safer network with improved capacity powering operations at the harbour for decades to come.

Project status

DoT has undertaken significant planning activities for the project, including:

  • consultation with key stakeholders, including tenants, on their current and future electrical requirements and ways to limit the impact of the works.
  • technical engineering surveys and preliminary design work.

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

Jetty replacement

In 2021, DoT committed to the first stage replacement of Jetty 3 at Fremantle Fishing Boat Harbour (FFBH) as, as part of its ongoing Maritime Facilities Program.

The jetty has reached the end of its serviceable life and will be replaced with a modern floating pen system to accommodate 45 new modern berths.

Project status

The tender process for the design and construct contract is complete and a $14 million contract to undertake jetty renewal projects at both Hillarys Boat Harbour and FFBH has been awarded to GTS Australia. 

Most of the work at FFBH will be completed by mid to late 2023 to limit disruption to current penholders and harbour operations. 

  Amenities building and services upgrade project

DoT is building a dedicated penholder facility at Fremantle Fishing Boat Harbour (FFBH), that will benefit penholders and other harbour users. 

The new facility will be located at the western end of Capo D’Orlando Drive and will include showers, laundry, public toilets and BBQ.

DoT will undertake a small land reclamation to provide space for the new facility, while upgrading pedestrian paths, lighting, fire and other services to the harbour at the same time.

Find out about boat pens available at Fremantle Fishing Boat Harbour.

Project status

Phase 1

A $6.2 million contract for Phase 1 works was awarded to local company, Advanteering in October 2022. 
Phase 1 works are expected to begin early 2023 following procurement of key materials and will include:

  • Land reclamation through extension of the southern land-backed wharf, creating an additional 600 square metres of land (approximately).
  • Installation of upgraded services along the southern edge of Capo D’Orlando Drive.
  • Improvements to pedestrian pathways and landscaping, making the southern precinct a more inviting and safer area for the public to access.

Phase 2 

Phase 2 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 in 2024.

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Page last updated: Tue Nov 29 2022 2:11:20 PM