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The weighbridge at the corner of Cliff and Phillimore Streets, in the middle of a roundabout system, was built in 1921. In Council documents it's called '2 Phillimore Street'. Council had approved that it be repurposed as a bar. It's the tiny building in the middle of this snap:


It was before Council 23 May 2018.

Stephen Pollock's story (right) is from the Fremantle Herald, 8 October 2016: 9.

I hope Cr Fitzhardinge didn't say 'laying empty'.

Below, it's the tiny number 2 in the middle, again from Google Maps, this time from above:


And this time from Google Earth:


Again, there's a number 2 on the little building in the middle of the roundabout, just next to a major railway line. Is a bar here a good idea?


The building is tiny, especially set against the mighty Dalgety Building - nearly uncovered in its new MSC splendour, as it was when I took the photo in 2017.

weighbridge sign

The little building is currently unoccupied and being repaired, and the Council is looking for a tenant — possibly yet another purveyor of refreshments.


The business bit.


I happened to be able to photograph the Google Maps car taking a snap of it - and me too, maybe, tho I've never found it.

As the Customs House has the street address 4-8 Phillimore St, this is 2 Phillimore St. The numbering is complicated by the Fremantle Ports building having the address 1 Cliff St, and the weighbridge is in a line between the Ports building and Cliff St. It's a very complicated corner.


An early photograph (date and source unknown) of the corner of Phillimore and Cliff Sts. Where the horses are, on the right, must be approximately the present location of the weighbridge. There was a lot of traffic even then.

UPDATE. At the end of 2018, Roel Loopers reports that the bar idea has been dropped, but he doesn't know of any other current proposals for its use. In 2016, Roel had earlier questioned the bar idea.


The scales inside the weighbridge building in 2018: try to ignore the reflection I couldn't avoid.


In 2020, the weighbridge is being used for bicycle hire. Photo courtesy of Roel Loopers.

References and Links

The current Fremantle Ports weighbridge.

Garry Gillard | New: 15 June, 2016 | Now: 9 March, 2020