Carramar quarry transformed into parkland

The Kilns estate in Carramar features restored lime kilns. Pictures: Marford Group
The Kilns estate in Carramar features restored lime kilns. Pictures: Marford Group

PEOPLE can explore a park created on a former sand and limestone quarry in Carramar at open days this weekend.

The park, which covers more than 27ha, features a waterfall, walking trails and wildflowers and will open to the public for the first time on September 14 and 15.

The estate is located on Flynn Drive in Carramar.

Marford Group has rehabilitated the estate, called The Kilns, over the past 25 years and retained limestone kilns, which it will vest to the City of Wanneroo as a legacy for the region.

Spokesman Trevor Delroy said when people eventually bought into the estate they would become members of a home owners association which would own and manage the park as well as a range of other shared facilities.

Community facilities have been built in the estate.

“Our vision has always been a ‘people helping people’ community model where people from all ages live together and nurture a strong and vibrant neighbourhood spirit,” he said.

“They’ll have real ownership of the natural community assets and a role in managing and progressing their surroundings and ultimately their own wealth creation through capital growth.

“We envisage releasing a variety of lot sizes to encourage a diverse mix of residents including singles, families, and empty-nesters who can bring a range of skills and ideas and contribution toward the home owners association.”

Mr Delroy said there would be 2000sq m special residential lots for people wanting larger blocks, which could attract people from country areas who want to retire to the city but don’t want to lose their connection to the land.

Sheds have already been built in the estate.

Realising the vision for The Kilns has taken 25 years and started with filling the four million cubic metre void at the site created by sand and limestone mining with clean, uncontaminated materials.

This was followed by extensive landscaping and the construction a fully equipped men’s shed, pizza oven and outdoor entertainment areas, a community centre and the restoration of the historically significant limestone kilns.

The estate will have a fully equipped men’s shed.

Mr Delroy said there was more work to do, including the planting of a series of community gardens, as well as constructing basketball and tennis courts, storage sheds and a wedding ceremony venue.

“We are excited to share what we have created so far and gather further ideas from the people that will eventually reside here,” he said.

“We look forward to opening the gates to the public so people can get a taste of what will eventually be a very special place to live.”

Waterfall at The Kilns estate.

The Kilns, located off Flynn Drive in Carramar, will be open to the public from 10.30am to 4pm on Saturday, September 14 and Sunday, September 15.

There will be free children’s games and activities, guided tours and free coffee, cake and wood-fired pizza.