War his­tory pre­served

Southern Telegraph - - NEWS -

Cape Peron, one of Western Aus­tralia’s coastal de­fence sites dur­ing the World War II, has been up­graded to re­flect its his­tor­i­cal sig­nif­i­cance.

The area sur­round­ing the her­itage-listed ob­ser­va­tion post has been resur­faced with lime­stone con­crete, while new steps have been in­stalled and the ex­ist­ing balustrade has been re­placed with gal­vanised steel.

The John Point look­out at Cape Peron has also been up­graded to in­clude a lime­stone re­tain­ing wall, lime­stone con­crete sur­face and an alu­minium ma­rine-grade balustrade.

The gun em­place­ment has been en­hanced with a lime­stone re­tain­ing wall and bench seat­ing.

The De­part­ment of Bio­di­ver­sity, Con­ser­va­tion and At­trac­tions will con­tinue to work with the Point Peron Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion Com­mit­tee to de­velop in­ter­pre­tive sig­nage that will be in­stalled later this year.

Pre­mier Mark McGowan said the govern­ment would con­tinue to re­mem­ber the State’s de­fence his­tory and honour the men and women who sac­ri­ficed so much for the na­tion.

“The Cape Peron K Bat­tery was one of WA’s gun em­place­ments that was in­stalled to de­fend ma­jor Aus­tralian ports from bom­bard­ment by war­ships,” he said.

“It's fan­tas­tic that this work has been un­der­taken to pre­serve what was an in­te­gral el­e­ment of Western Aus­tralia’s coastal de­fence strat­egy dur­ing the Se­cond World War.”

En­vi­ron­ment Min­is­ter Stephen Dawson said the up­grades would en­sure the “sig­nif­i­cant his­tor­i­cal fa­cil­i­ties” were pro­tected and able to be ap­pre­ci­ated by vis­i­tors for years to come.

B a l d ivis MLA Reece Whitby, En­vi­ron­ment Min­is­ter Stephen Dawson, Brand MP Madeleine King and Pre­mier Mark McGowan an­nounced the up­grades ear­lier this week.

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