FREMANTLE council’s new admin building and library officially got under way this week.
A sod-turning ceremony at Kings Square on Tuesday morning kicked off the construction phase of the $41.3 million project.
“The Fremantle Town Hall has been standing proudly in Kings Square for well over a hundred years,” mayor Brad Pettitt said.
“It’s my hope that a hundred years from now our new civic centre and library building will still be standing alongside it, and will be regarded with the same love and affection.”
Dr Pettitt said council staff would take up less than half the building, with the remainder for community facilities, offices and shops.
“It will also be one fo the most energy-efficient buildings of its size in Australia and showcase a wide array of sustainability features.
Fremantle Labor MP Simone McGurk attended the ceremony and said it marked a turning point for the square and the CBD.
“The new civic centre will be an open, sustainable and community-oriented space in the heart of Fremantle,” Ms McGurk said.
“Combined with the state government’s relocation of over 1500 public servants to Fremantle, it will inject new life into Kings Square and the local economy.”