Call to recharge gun battery

South Metropolitan MLC Phil Edman wants the Cape Peron Battery restored. Picture: Jon Hewson d427397
South Metropolitan MLC Phil Edman wants the Cape Peron Battery restored. Picture: Jon Hewson d427397

The battery formed part of the Fremantle Fortress coastal defence during World War II, which stretched from Rottnest Island to Point Peron, but the remains have sat in disrepair for years and Mr Edman said it was time something was done to the site before it was ‘lost to history’.

‘This is an important area, one that is not currently being taking care of as it should be,’ he said.

‘If we do not rehabilitate and conserve the remains of these important buildings they will be lost to history.

‘Nothing has been done since 1992 when the paths were put in, and no one has taken the lead on restoring the history of the battery, so I want to see who in the community is interested and willing to get involved, because I’m confident there’s sufficient interest to raise funding and create a master plan (for a restoration project).’

The site is under the management of the Department of Parks and Wildlife and would require State involvement and approval, but Mr Edman said the restorations to batteries at Oliver Hill and Leighton made him confident it could happen.

‘I could see this being similar to the Oliver Hill and Leighton batteries where people pay a small fee and have a guided tour’