FREMANTLE'S West End has become the largest single place to be permanently included in Western Australia's State Register of Heritage Places, with 250 buildings and 200,000 square metres of the tourism precinct to be protected and preserved.
With its well-preserved nineteenth-century port-city townscape and architecture, the West End is bounded by Market Street to the east, Collie Street and Marine Terrace to the south, Little High Street to the west and includes both sides of Phillimore Street to the north.
"Fremantle's West End is a rare example of a highly intact port city business district and is notable for its impressive variety of gold boom era buildings that point to its maritime heritage," Heritage Minister David Templeman said in a statement last week.
"The permanent inclusion of West End in the State register recognises the important story the precinct tells as a whole, and it will now benefit from the full protection of the law in perpetuity."
The City of Fremantle nominated the West End for inclusion in the State register following its own detailed assessment and community consultation process.
The precinct was listed in the State register on an interim basis in November 2016. The Heritage Council of Western Australia then invited public comment on permanent registration from owners, stakeholders and the wider community.
"Since the interim registration late last year, it is clear that being State registered does not impose a greater level of bureaucracy on development proposals. It simply means development needs to be sensitive to the heritage values of the precinct," Mr Templeman said.
"State heritage-listing will enhance the precinct's appeal as a tourism destination, where visitors can immerse themselves in the sights and experiences of this historic area and contribute to its revitalisation."