Facelift for ter­mi­nal

Cockburn Gazette - - NEWS -

FRE­MAN­TLE Pas­sen­ger Ter­mi­nal has a fresh look.

The $3.25 mil­lion up­grade in­cludes changes to the ground floor foyer, a steel and glass cen­tral canopy, re­painted fa­cade, and new sig­nage and ban­ners.

The ter­mi­nal, which is ex­pected to ser­vice 60,000 cruise pas­sen­gers in the 2018-19 fi­nan­cial year, first opened in 1960.

Tourism Min­is­ter Paul Pa­palia said the cruise sec­tor was be­com­ing in­creas­ingly im­por­tant in WA’s tourism in­dus­try.

“For ex­am­ple, the cruise ship in Fre­man­tle to­day, Seven Seas Mariner, is a sixs­tar ship bring­ing 560 tourists to four WA ports dur­ing a cir­cum­nav­i­ga­tion of Aus­tralia,” Mr Pa­palia said.

“The up­grades at Fre­man­tle, Broome and Ger­ald­ton ports will see the Sun Princess home­port in Perth for the 2019-20 sea­son, in­ject­ing $32 mil­lion into the state’s econ­omy and gen­er­at­ing a 100 per cent in­crease in cruise ship guests sail­ing from WA com­pared with last sea­son.”

Fre­man­tle MLA Si­mone McGurk said the ter­mi­nal was the step-off point for vis­i­tors to the com­mu­nity.

“It is a sig­nif­i­cant land­mark for Fre­man­tle,” she said.

“These up­grades have brought a much-needed facelift to this lo­cal in­sti­tu­tion and will help en­sure cruise pas­sen­gers get the best pos­si­ble first im­pres­sion of Fre­man­tle.”

Ports Min­is­ter Alan­nah MacTier­nan said the up­grade aimed to at­tract more cruises to WA.

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