In November 2018, the Transport Minister approved plans to set up a steering group for the Victoria Quay redevelopment. The group is chaired by the Western Australian Government Minister Simone McGurk MLA, and brings together senior officials from Fremantle Ports, Landcorp, the City of Fremantle, the Department of Transport, Chamber of Commerce, Tourism Western Australia, the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage, Westport Taskforce, and the Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science and Innovation.
Located between the Maritime Museum and the D-Shed, close to the city centre, the 13 hectare site is central to Fremantle’s maritime history and is seen as having great potential. The steering group met for the first time in February 2019, to look at the different possible uses for the site. The stated aim for this historic site is to combine an active port with a newly developed tourism hub. The foundations are already in place, with a number of developments completed, including the recently refurbished passenger terminal.
Community initiatives are also in the pipeline. The site hosted the 10th Maritime Day in October 2018, with 15,000 visitors coming to enjoy the activities and events. A dedicated website was created in October 2018 to keep the public informed about developments at the site and things to do there.