Rottnest relic restoration begins

Oliver Hill Gun Battery (WWII) 9.2 in gun H2
Oliver Hill Gun Battery (WWII) 9.2 in gun H2

The WWII relic, built at the island’s Oliver Hill to protect Fremantle Port, will be ready for celebrations to mark 75 years of artillery history on Rotto later this year.

Rottnest Island Authority cultural heritage services manager Harriett Wyatt said work should be finished by next month in plenty of time for the November celebrations.

‘It’s really auspicious that these works have come together this year,’ Ms Wyatt said.

‘For the past five years, we have been planning some really important conservation work that includes keeping the guns in good condition and restoring the paint work.’

The State Government provided funding for the restoration.

‘The visitors who come up here really enjoy the experience and a lot of school groups come through,’ Ms Wyatt said.

‘Unfortunately, a lot of people are unaware that the guns, tunnels and tours are here.’

There are only a handful of the WWII guns, which have a 29km firing range, left in the world and two of them are at Rottnest.

Oliver Hill tours will be modified and trains will not run during the restoration that is expected to take eight weeks.