Fremantle Port is one of Western Australia’s most critically important pieces of infrastructure and is recognised as the State’s key trade gateway and a significant driver of Western Australia’s economy.

Ensuring sound planning for all aspects of our business is a key objective for Fremantle Ports. The aim is to ensure that this organisation can fulfil its role of facilitating trade, meeting current trade needs and ensuring capability for the future.

The Inner Harbour Port Development Plan was developed in 2000. A number of the plan's key proposals, such as the North Quay rail loop, have been implemented.

The Inner Harbour Port Development Strategy currently being developed will provide strategic direction for the Inner Harbour over the next 20 to 30 years. The strategy will be used for making land-use and development decisions and will form the basis of further detailed planning within the port.

The deepening of the Inner Harbour and approach channels, with associated berth strengthening works was completed in April 2011. It was a major project to enable the port to handle the bigger container ships now servicing Australian trade routes. Reclaimed land was developed at Rous Head.

Fremantle Ports is committed to planning in a sustainable way. Planning policies relating to areas of the port are in place and development guidelines are designed to help those preparing development applications and to assist Fremantle Ports in assessing applications.

Westport Strategy

Minister for Transport, Planning and Lands Rita Saffioti announced in September 2017 that a multi-agency taskforce, chaired by Nicole Lockwood, would outline a long-range vision to guide the planning, development and growth of both the Inner Harbour at Fremantle and the future Outer Harbour at Kwinana.

A taskforce steering committee comprising key public sector directors general and the chairpersons of Fremantle Ports and the WAPC is overseeing the Westport: Ports and Environs Strategy.

See the Minister's statement here.

See information on the Westport Strategy here.