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The Western Australian state government will move more than 1500 of it workers to central Fremantle in 2020, kickstarting construction on the much-awaited $250 million Kings Square redevelopment (not to be confused with Leighton Properties’ CBD development of the same name).

The Housing Authority, Department of Corrective Services and Department of Transport workers will become anchor tenants in new commercial development exceeding 20,000 square metres, signing a 15-year lease for 17,200 sq m of space with Sirona Capital.

The project is also set to include community, cultural and retail spaces.

Fremantle Mayor Dr Brad Pettitt said the project was the single largest to be delivered by the council, and would usher in a new phase of growth.

“We’re pleased the state government has honoured its commitment to relocate a large workforce to Fremantle which will provide a much needed boost to the local economy and more importantly, has triggered construction to begin on one of the most important developments in our city’s long history,” Dr Pettitt said.

“Once completed the project will generate more than 2,100 ongoing local jobs which will provide a massive boost to the vibrancy of the city centre and inject an extra $358 million into the local economy.”

The project is set to deliver:

  • a revamped city square complete with grassed areas, public art and new street furniture
  • a major new children’s playground
  • high-quality retail, commercial and hospitality spaces
  • a new library and visitor centre
  • a new administration building with purpose built indoor and outdoor community spaces and meeting rooms
  • end of trip bike facilities

“The project has been years in the planning so to see it being realised is very satisfying. We now look forward to getting on with delivering what will become a fantastic community and cultural precinct in the heart of Fremantle,” Dr Pettitt said.

The move is part of a state government election commitment to decentralise its workforce and support urban office precincts.

“With the construction of this building expected to employ 410 workers, the City of Fremantle will see economic benefits from the start of construction expected next July, and an ongoing stimulus once public servants relocate,” WA Premier Colin Barnett said.

“The building’s proximity to the Fremantle train station and bus stops, coupled with the modern end of trip facilities that are planned for the building, provides numerous transport options for staff.”

Construction is set to begin in mid-2017 with project completion estimated by the end of 2019.

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