The heart of Freo redesigned for people.

This once-in-a-generation project is transforming WA’s favourite port city into a vibrant commercial and community hub. 

The Kings Square Renewal Project has been the largest public-private infrastructure project in Fremantle’s history. A joint initiative between Sirona Capital and the City of Fremantle, the $270 million Kings Square Renewal Project is renewing the entire precinct by redeveloping the buildings and rejuvenating public spaces that surround the square.

The transformation of the CBD has also been the catalyst for real and emerging upswing in confidence in the Port City and has been the catalyst for a host of other private investment. At a time when the effects of COVID-19 are being felt everywhere, Freo is on the up!

The renewal of our city centre also presented a great opportunity to consider a new name for our town square, and in July 2021 Kings Square was officially renamed Walyalup Koort following an extensive 18-month community engagement process. The new name, which means ‘Heart of Fremantle’ reflects the contribution to this land by the Whadjuk Nyoongar people and is a key milestone in our ongoing journey of reconciliation and recognition.

Once the Kings Square Renewal Project is complete, Walyalup Koort will be a place to have fun, meet, play, dine and drink, shop, learn and relax.

  • Eat, shop and play – Explore FOMO, Freo’s exciting new cultural hub that unites art, entertainment and dining, all under one roof in the city centre.
  • Roll’d Vietnamese Food
  • Nourish Health Pharmacy
  • Varsity Sports Bar
  • Strike Bowling
  • Holey Moley
  • Retro arcade parlour B.Lucky & Sons
  • IGA
  • SUKU’s Indonesian Warung
  • Get Chunky
  • Bubble tea chain T4
  • Mediterranean-style cocktail bar Paloma
  • Work – More than 1,700 State Government employees have relocated to Walyalup Koort and their new home in the redeveloped former Myer and Queensgate buildings. Today, the award-winning 5-star green star commercial spaces and office accommodation house the Department of Communities and Department of Transport.
  • Relax – Get ready for a revamped city square complete with landscaped grassed area, shady trees, public art and new street furniture.
  • Play – A major new children’s playground – inspired by Freo landmarks – and baby change facilities. The perfect place to stay and play for awhile.
  • Services – The Walyalup Civic Centre, designed by the award-winning Fremantle-based Kerry Hill Architects, features a large, modern library, universally accessible toilets and change facilities, public meeting rooms, exhibition spaces and a state-of-the-art customer service centre.

The Kings Square Renewal Project will also: 

  • Boost the local economy – More than 2,000 people working in Walyalup Koort and an estimated $358 million injected into the local economy.
  • Cater for everyone – Designed for accessibility, the new buildings and public spaces will enable people of all ages and abilities to enjoy everything on offer in Walyalup Koort. 
  • Embrace technology – Free Wi-Fi throughout the precinct with CCTV and enhanced lighting.
  • Utilise ESD (Environmentally Sustainable Design) principles – Energy efficient building design with the use of renewable energy and water saving technologies.
  • Be sensitive to local heritage – The buildings and public spaces will fit with the unique character and history of the town square, enhancing the heritage values of the Fremantle Town Hall and church and becoming Freo's future heritage.

More workers, more activity during the working week, more people moving to Fremantle to be closer to work in the city centre; more shops, more investment in the local economy, more jobs created, more events, improved community safety and confidence in the future.

It’s a game-changer for Fremantle! 


The heart of Fremantle is changing

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