Fremantle’s Whalers Tunnel set to re-open

Whalers Tunnel and the Round House.
Whalers Tunnel and the Round House.

THE Whalers Tunnel underneath the Round House will re-open tomorrow after it was closed for public safety reasons.

The tunnel was closed in March as the City of Fremantle received advice that the limestone cliff above the tunnel had significant erosion and the overhanging rock could be unstable.

The City received authorisation to complete the work from the State Heritage Council on April 24.

Nearby residents were shocked when a digger started works on the cliffs yesterday.

Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettittsaid public safety was the reason the tunnel was closed.

“We understand this has caused some inconvenience and we greatly appreciate the patience and cooperation of the public over the past few weeks,” he said.

“We will continue to work with the state government on a longer term solution to stabilise the cliffs while also being respectful of the heritage of the area.”

The tunnel will be open with temporary scaffolding at the ocean side entrance to protect pedestrians at the event of a rock fall.

The footpath on the eastern side of Arthur Head next to the railway has also be reopened.

The scaffolding will remain at the tunnel entrance and fencing base of cliffs as a temporary solution to stabilise the cliffs and prevent further erosion.

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