New museum on group’s radar

Comrades of the Radar Station chairman Bryan Corker, projects manager Michael Buckless, Kwinana MLA Roger Cook and projects/ research co-ordinator Sandra Buckless. Picture: Elle Borgward www.communitypix.com.au d408933
Comrades of the Radar Station chairman Bryan Corker, projects manager Michael Buckless, Kwinana MLA Roger Cook and projects/ research co-ordinator Sandra Buckless. Picture: Elle Borgward www.communitypix.com.au d408933

Today, graffiti covers the four remaining radar detection bunkers, which were used for protection during World War II along Cockburn Sound from 1943 to 1945.

Bryan Corker, Michael and Sandra Buckless, and Don Burns want to transform the old bunkers into a historic museum, located between Wellard and Anketell roads.

The group, known as Comrades of the Radar Station (CORS), has received support from Kwinana MLA Roger Cook, who will look to instigate a feasibility case study before seeking local and federal funding for the museum.

Mr Buckless has spent 12 months searching through internet records and archived documents. It is believed the land was used as a campsite for military personnel who operated the radar surveillance site.

‘I have read over 1000 articles alongside my wife to help assist me with my research and if we were able to receive this funding, it would mean that the military history in Kwinana won’t be forgotten,’ he said.

Mr Corker told the Courier his passion for Radar Station 228 ran far beyond its military roots, with childhood memories tied to the land.

‘My father and his three brothers fought in the second world war so I am going to get some pride back into this place,’ Mr Corker said.

‘It is a lack of respect and dignity that such a historic place is now covered with graffiti. Hopefully we can get this place fenced to prevent people coming in and destroying it.’

The estimated cost of the museum is still unknown, however Mr Cook said draft plans should begin before Christmas.