A small number of special guests gathered on 22 July 2020 to celebrate the official opening of the Newman Court building, which accommodates around 1,900 public servants from both Communities and the Department of Transport’s maritime business unit.

As part of the ceremony, Dr Walley shared the importance of engaging with the customs of our Nation’s First People, as well as highlighting the rich cultural history of the port city.

The new office is part of the Kings Square Renewal Project—the largest public-private infrastructure project in Fremantle’s history.

Throughout the process of the site’s development, Dr Walley created a series of cultural motifs that were incorporated within the built form and interior fit-out.

​​​His approach connects values and cultures in a way that increases appreciation and knowledge of different ways of doing and thinking, and tradition and heritage which allows cultural connections to last and grow.

Staff are already benefiting from their new work environment which will help ensure efficient agency operation and service delivery to Fremantle and the broader Western Australian community.