Plan to fix up Buckland Hill
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.