The Fremantle Volunteer Sea Rescue Group (FVRSG) has restored the Cantonment Hill Signal Station in Quarry Street, Fremantle, for use as a radio communications facility.
An opening ceremony was held on Saturday 26 November 2016, and was attended by Member for Fremantle, Mr Josh Wilson MP, DFES personnel, members of Fremantle FVSRG, their family and friends.
President of FVSRG Cameron Macmillan said the restoration of the site has been undertaken over the last 20 months.
“We reached a long term lease agreement with the Fremantle Council in March 2015 and restoration work started soon after that,” Cameron said.
“The site is now equipped with state of the art facilities including multiple radio operator stations, Radio Over Internet Protocol (ROIP) communication equipment, and a spacious operations room which can be used for planning and operations for multi-agency incident response.
“The radio room has been dedicated to two of our life members who recently passed away, Tony More and Mike Meehan, and will be known as the More-Meehan room in their honour.”
DFES Manager Marine Services Mark Eatts said the facility was very well situated for the busy Fremantle group.
“They undertake sea rescues and provide other marine support to the community on the Swan River and the ocean areas out to and beyond Rottnest Island,” Mark said.
“Sitting atop Cantonment Hill, the prominent location of this site is ideal for ship to shore signalling as it provides uninterrupted views and radio reception along the coast and out to Rottnest.
“Having a radio communications base here will enhance their ability to respond to marine incidents and provide assistance to the active boating community in the area.”
The site is a former Department of Defence building which has largely been disused since 1964 until now. The restoration was made possible with significant input and support from the owner of the building, the City of Fremantle, and DFES contributed $50,000 towards the restoration and fit out.