Future Dockers may be ‘green’
The City of Fremantle is known for its contribution to keeping the local area as ‘green’ as possible and that mentality has now been infused into the designs for the new training facilities proposed for the Fremantle Dockers.
In designs released last week, the City outlined its plans for the Dockers to become the AFL’s first ‘green team’ with the inclusion of a solar farm, wind turbines, water recycling and geothermal pool heating.
The designs also include a new Dockers community recreation centre, a 1000-seat conference centre, new headquarters for the Dockers and South Fremantle, as well as dedicated space for the University of Notre Dame and a 700-bay underground carpark.
Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt said the City was dedicated to providing facilities that would keep the Dockers in Fremantle as opposed to a potential move to Cockburn.
“This design shows that you can have a new facility in Fremantle that can be the best in Australia,” he said.
“We’re excited about having the Fremantle Football Club remain in Fremantle and we have been working with them over the last couple of years, meeting them on a fortnightly basis in the last six months.
“Cockburn has put a generous proposal on the table… so we need to make sure we provide the best facilities for the club.”
He added the development would cost “tens of millions” but would also leave the door open for possible future expansion.
A Dockers spokesman said the club would “be happy to comment” after a decision had been made on the club’s future location.