The local council and the Fremantle Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FCCI) is determined to halt Fremantle’s decline.
They want to quadruple Fremantle’s population by spending a billion dollars improving public spaces, creating more affordable housing, and investing in large scale renewable energy projects.
The FCCI’s chief executive Tim Milson says the Dockers will play a part in that revival.
“I think probably we’ve been living on our laurels a little bit,” he said.
“However, we are on the cusp of something great happening in Fremantle and I honestly believe this could be the catalyst we’re looking for for real investment in Freo’s future.
“Last Saturday, when we played in the preliminary final, the streets were full of people absolutely amassed with the colour purple, you couldn’t get in a bar and bars were running out of drink to serve.
“The city is alive, the city is vibrant, the city is excited and people are saying it’s great place to be.”
There was a strong hope the Dockers would come away with a win at the MCG but the Mayor says either way, the grand final appearance was a boon for the port city.
“There’s no doubt the Dockers capture the spirit of Fremantle,” said Mr Pettitt.
“It’s a team that struggled for so long and is now finally starting to really hit it’s straps.
“I think Freo feels similar as a city; we’ve struggled for some time as well and now there’s certainly the sense that we’re on our way back.”