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WA gold boom-era port city heritage listed

AAP logoAAP 17/11/2016 Rebecca Gredley

The West End of Fremantle has been heritage listed, making it the biggest single place on the Western Australian state register.

The almost 200,000sq m area of 250 buildings is a rare example of a highly intact gold boom-era port city.

The precinct was built between the 1890s and 1900s, and includes former banks, pubs, hotels and warehouses.

Heritage Minister Albert Jacob, who announced the listing on Thursday, said despite being on the register the West End could be altered, but future development would need to be sensitive to its heritage values.

The City of Fremantle nominated the West End for inclusion on the register in 2014 and Mayor Brad Pettitt has welcomed the recognition of the area's cultural heritage at a state level.

"We view Fremantle's famous heritage attributes, including those present in the West End, as a major social and economic driver for Freo's ongoing prosperity," Dr Pettitt said.

"For businesses and landowners, I see the heritage listing of the West End as a business advantage and a unique point of difference."

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