Landscaping works kick off upgrade of Cantonment Hill into a community space


Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt (front, holding shovel) and Fremantle MLA Simone McGurk (fourth from left) with representatives from Lotterywest, the Whadjuk Working Party, Friends of Cantonment Hill and Ecoscape landscape consultants.
Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt (front, holding shovel) and Fremantle MLA Simone McGurk (fourth from left) with representatives from Lotterywest, the Whadjuk Working Party, Friends of Cantonment Hill and Ecoscape landscape consultants.

WORK has begun on turning Cantonment Hill into a community space that will attract both locals and tourists alike.

Stage one landscaping work began last week to upgrade Tuckfield Oval including the planting of new water-wise native plants, improvements to pedestrian access and the installation of barbecues, picnic and seating areas, lighting, parking and a new nature-based play space.

Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt said the area had the potential to become a much-loved local asset.

“It’s great to see this project progressing after years of collaboration and planning and I look forward to watching this historic site transformed into an accessible and attractive recreation space for locals and visitors to Fremantle,” he said.

“The site has enormous historical significance from both an Aboriginal and early European perspective, so being able to share the stories of this site with all Western Australians is a key component of the project.

“It’s been a real community effort to get to this point and I’d like to specially thank the Friends of Cantonment Hill community group and the Whadjuk traditional owners for their passion and support for this project.”

This landscaping work is expected to be finished by September.