$21 million redesign of sports area to help revitalize Fremantle, Western Australia

The Fremantle (Western Australia) Oval will be redeveloped into a “centre of excellence” for the WA Football League under a proposed $20 million plan.

Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt said developing the Fremantle Oval precinct was a vital step in the port town’s ongoing revitalisation.

Note from Storm:

My wife, Maria, and I were recently very fortunate to have spent several days in Fremantle. [We were in the area because I was keynoting the annual conference of the Western Australia chapter of the Planning Institute of Australia, which was taking place a short distance north in Perth.]

We quickly fell in love with Fremantle, and with its tremendous potential for further revitalization.

Fremantle’s impressive mayor, Dr. Brad Pettitt was kind enough to buy me a cappuccino and spend a couple of hours showing me around town to discuss his vision for regenerating this traditional port town.


Dr. Brad Pettitt

Dr. Pettitt was elected as mayor of Fremantle in 2009 and re-elected in 2013. His expertise includes climate change, international aid policy and sustainability planning. He was previously the Dean of the School of Sustainability at Murdoch University and was appointed to the Heritage Council of Western Australia in 2014.

Sustainability and heritage: if that’s not an ideal background for a mayor in the 21st century, I don’t know what is. Go Freo!

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