Freo pushes to keep Fremantle Dockers at the port
The City of Fremantle has unveiled lavish plans for a multi-million-dollar revamp of Fremantle Oval in an effort to persuade the Fremantle Dockers to stay put at the venue.
The council showcased its future plans for Fremantle Oval this afternoon.
It hopes the plans will encourage the Dockers to stay in Fremantle, following confirmation the City of Cockburn is attempting to lure them with a brand new training facility.
The City of Fremantle’s plans include new elite indoor training facilities, an underground car park for 700 cars, a new team store and administration centre.
The training oval would be completely returfed and realigned to the same size as the Melbourne Cricket Ground under the council’s plans.
The club would become the first “green AFL side” at the venue with plans for a solar farm, wind turbines and geothermal pool heating.
“The great thing about it is you would get not only world class training facilities and new administration there, but also great community facilities which could be used by the whole community when the Dockers weren’t using them,” Fremantle mayor Dr Brad Pettit said.
“The Fremantle Football Club has, including as recently as this month, advised us that they are happy with the way negotiations are headed and that our proposal ticks all the boxes in terms of the scope and quality of facilities they required in Fremantle.”
Dr Pettitt said he was confident the Dockers would remain in Fremantle.
“The Dockers’ spiritual home is in Fremantle at Fremantle Oval and the redevelopment plans will satisfy all of the club’s training and administration needs,” he said.