Restoration for safety and history in Peron

Baldivis MP Reece Whitby, Brand MP Madeleine Kind, Environment Minister Stephen Dawson and Premier Mark McGowan
Baldivis MP Reece Whitby, Brand MP Madeleine Kind, Environment Minister Stephen Dawson and Premier Mark McGowan

VISITORS to Cape Peron can enjoy the scenery in safety after new paths have been installed.

Cape Peron, also one of Western Australia’s coastal defence sites during World War II, had upgrades to reflect that significance.

The area surrounding the heritage-listed observation post has been resurfaced with limestone concrete, while new steps have been installed and the existing balustrade replaced with galvanised steel.

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The John Point lookout at Cape Peron has also been upgraded to include a limestone retaining wall, limestone concrete surface and an aluminium marine-grade balustrade.

The gun emplacement has been enhanced with a limestone retaining wall and bench seating.

The Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (DBCA) will work with the Point Peron Rehabilitation Committee to develop interpretive signage that will be installed later this year.

On a wet and wild day, Premier Mark McGowan reflected on the area’s importance to his and all families of Rockingham.

“This Government will continue to remember our state’s defence history and honour the men and women who sacrificed so much for our nation,” he said.

“The Cape Peron K Battery was one of WA’s gun emplacements that was installed to defend major Australian ports from bombardment by warships.

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“It’s fantastic that this work has been undertaken to preserve what was an integral element of |WA’s coastal defence strategy during the second World War.”

Environment Minister Stephen Dawson thanked those involved in the restoration works.

“This restoration work has been a long time in the making and was made possible because of the vision and hard work of the Point Peron Rehabilitation Committee, with funding provided by DBCA,” he said.