South Fremantle Power Station
Why is it important?
South Fremantle Power Station, built in 1946 is a former coal-fired electric power
generating installation. The main building, which is now stripped of its plant and equipment, is aesthetically significant, demonstrating the
strong expression of a structure specifically designed for an industrial process. It was the second and largest purpose-built thermal power
station in Western Australia and is a good example of an Art Deco Industrial structure.
Why is it at risk?
As with other places on the WA heritage at risk list, this place has been
abandoned and neglected for a number of years. The power station ceased operations in 1985 and since then and despite a great deal of community
concern, little has been done to develop and implement and plan for the future use of this important heritage place.
What should be done?
Verve Energy, the owner of the place following the privatisation of the
electricity generation industry in Western Australia has a responsibility to ensure this important community asset is conserved and interpreted
for the future. Inaction by Verve Energy amounts to demolition by neglect and is unacceptable. Greater priority should be given to finding a
viable future use of the place which meets community expectations and conserves the heritage values of the power station.