Plan to fix up Buck­land Hill

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Western Opinion - By JON BAS­SETT

MOS­MAN Park Mayor Ron Nor­ris says the 360-de­gree views from Buck­land Hill ri­val those at Bold and King’s parks and the hill war­rants re­vamp­ing.

“From up here you can see the city, Rot­tnest and Fre­man­tle, and all the way to Scar­bor­ough and Gar­den Is­land,” Mr Nor­ris said.

But the hill, with its 1875-built sur­vey obelisk, has be­come the site of dump­ing, van­dal­ism, de­graded veg­e­ta­tion, an­ti­so­cial be­hav­iour, and the road lead­ing to its car park and sum­mit is de­graded with worn signs and un­kept paths.

A project team of coun­cil­lors, staff and the pub­lic will de­velop a plan and seek funds from or­gan­i­sa­tions in­clud­ing Wa­ter Cor­po­ra­tion, Fre­man­tle Ports and The depart­ment of Sport and Recre­ation af­ter next March to fix the site.

Mr Nor­ris said re­fur­bish­ment had been ne­glected be­cause, apart from oc­ca­sional run­ners or dog walk­ers, the hill was in­fre­quently vis­ited.

He de­fended the coun­cil tack­ling the 2-3 year project af­ter an an­other pro­posal to re­build a beach and in­stall a groyne at Mos­man Bay stalled sev­eral years ago.

“I have a pretty high level of con­fi­dence about im­prov­ing Buck­land Hill be­cause the in­fras­truc­ture here is al­ready pretty well es­tab­lished, and it’s not a green­field de­vel­op­ment,” he said.

A re­port to the coun­cil cited im­prove­ments af­ter 2002 to Bold Park’s Re­abold Hill, in­clud­ing an el­e­vated board­walk that takes walk­ers through bush, that could be em­u­lated in any re­vi­tal­i­sa­tion of Buck­land Hill.

Ron Nor­ris on top of Buck­land Hill.

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