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Claremont Aquatic Centre splash pad construction

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                Artist’s impression of the main splash pad through the shaded water run, courtesy Phase3

Project manager: Town of Claremont
Project update: October 2019 


Overview

Work is underway to build the much-anticipated splash pad water playground at Claremont Aquatic Centre in time for the busy summer season.

Replacing the 47-year-old toddler pool, the $750,000 redevelopment will encourage interactive play with features suited to a range of ages and abilities – including jet sprays; channels with pumps, wheels and gates; and a mega bucket water dump.

Decks for seating and shady palm trees will enable youngsters and guardians to enjoy the splash pad in safety and comfort.

A new storage shed and grassed areas will complete the latest upgrades at the aquatic centre, which opened in 1971 and is visited by more than 200,000 patrons annually.  

What this means to the Town and residents

Claremont Aquatic Centre remains open as usual throughout construction of the splash pad, which is expected to be completed by the end of December 2019.

The naturally heated 50-metre, 25-metre and diving pools remain fully operational, with aqua aerobics classes, swimming lessons, and birthday party bookings continuing as usual.

The splash pad project has been funded by the Town with support from the Australian Government’s Community Sport Infrastructure Grants Program.

The Town has worked closely with the Department of Health WA to ensure the new splash pad will be compliant with all health and safety requirements.

For more details on Claremont Aquatic Centre facilities and activities, please click here.

Project design

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                                                                       Concept plan courtesy Phase3

Contact

For further information on this project please contact:

Town of Claremont
(08) 9285 4300
toc@claremont.wa.gov.au


 

Freshwater Bay Museum redevelopment

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Project manager: Town of Claremont
Project update: September 2019

Overview

The Town of Claremont’s historic Freshwater Bay Museum site is being redeveloped to increase access to heritage, education and culture for our community. 

The museum was built in 1862 as the first school between Perth and Fremantle, then used a place of religious worship, a boarding house for young men, and a police station and quarters before the Town re-opened it in 1975 as the state’s first municipal museum. 

With the significant value of the 157-year-old facility at Mrs Herberts Park on Victoria Avenue to the local community and wider state, Council agreed to progress a redevelopment as part of Town’s Freshwater Bay Museum Future Directions 2016-2021 plan, following extensive consultation including the museum’s advisory committee and volunteers, local teachers and other community members.

Project funding allocated in the Town’s 2016/17 budget included $500,000 for the museum renovations, $200,000 for toilet facility upgrades, and $80,000 for a carpark upgrade.
 
Following a $760,000 Lotterywest grant in 2017 to include a new community facility to support public programs and activities as part of the $1.26 million project, the museum was closed to the public in preparation for works, pending State Government variations to reserve boundaries to account for historical construction overlap.  

In response to calls for further community consultation on the design plans, Council established the Freshwater Bay Museum Redevelopment Project Steering Group – comprising senior officers from the Town, the museum’s management and advisory committee, the project architects, and nominated resident/ratepayers – in September 2019.

What are the next steps in the redevelopment?

 
To progress the Freshwater Bay Museum redevelopment project to build stage, the steering group established at the Ordinary Council Meeting on 3 September 2019 will review project developments to date, including:
  • the location of buildings within the project and Mrs Herberts Park;
  • the function and design of external and internal buildings;
  • integration of new and existing facilities;
  • retention or replacement of other public facilities;
  • accessibility, parking and transport;
  • maintaining mature trees and canopy; and
  • any associated matters as directed by the Town’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO).

The steering group review findings will be reported directly to the Town’s CEO, for recommendation and / or consideration in further reports to Council.

When will the museum re-open?

Construction on new and upgraded facilities – which should take about six months to complete – is anticipated to commence within the next financial year, pending the steering group’s review and finalisation of the design.

In the meantime, museum officers continue to deliver community events and school programs.

The temporary closure of the museum facility has also provided an opportunity to complete a major audit and deaccessioning project – involving the identification, restoration and repacking of museum artefacts of Freshwater Bay provenance in the past 18 months – to enable us to better interpret the history and many stories of Claremont.

Storage options are also being considered to house the museum’s significant collection, taking into account the required appropriate environmental conditions and ready access to the collection for displays.

For general information on Freshwater Bay Museum services and events, please click here.

Contact

For further information on this project please contact:

Town of Claremont
Andrew Smith – Director Infrastructure & Assets
(08) 9285 4300



Claremont Train Station upgrade

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Project manager: Public Transport Authority
Project update: August 2019

Overview

The Town has been in negotiation with the Public Transport Authoirty (PTA) on the Claremont Train Station Project since early 2018.  Claremont Station was identified as the best option for the turn backs (to support the Forrestfield-Airport Link) due to numerous factors such as timing, adequate land and the layout of the existing train line infrastructure. 

During this time the PTA has proposed iterations of the new infrastructure required to support  METRONET.  The initial plans presented to the Town included the following key features:
  • Installation of two turn backs on the train line. 
  • Extension of the current platform east to accommodate a long term increase in carriages from four to six car sets.
  • Construction of a new station consisting of a new pedestrian bridge and lift structures to the east of the existing heritage bridge.
  • Removal of the existing heritage connection from the existing pedestrian bridge.
  • Closure of both the western and eastern at-grade pedestrian crossings.
  • No additional bridge or tunnel connections to assist cycle access across the railway line.

The Town raised a number of concerns with the PTA concerning these proposals, inclusive of breaking the natural connection north and south of the railway with the Town Centre at the existing heritage bridge.  The proposals were considered to negatively impact on both the residents and the operation of the Town Centre.

In June 2019, the Town received advice from the PTA that they would decouple the project, meaning that the Project would now be delivered in two stages, given more time and thought for the proposed overpass connection.

Stage 1
Two turnbacks (required for METRONET'S Claremont Station Project), with the addition of a bus interchange and potential underpass west of the station together with initial retention of an eastern at-grade crossing (original crossing to be moved approximately 10 metres east)

Stage 2                
Overpass and connection from north to south, as well as platform connection involving a review of the heritage bridge connection as a priority to the proposed eastern bridge.

What this means to the Town and our residents


At-grade pedestrian crossings

The initial proposal to close both crossings has been reviewed in light of the agreement from the PTA to decouple the project to allow further investigation in the use of the existing heritage bridge (with Heritage Council support for any necessary modifications) as the primary access point for the station as opposed to a new structure to the east of the station.  This will allow for the ongoing use of the eastern at grade crossing at least until such stage that the platform needs to be extended to accommodate additional carriages.  At that stage, the eastern crossing may be removed or relocated (to be determined), however in that instance it is likely that the Town will pursue the relocation option.

Pedestrian tunnel / bridge

A number of options for a new pedestrian bridge or tunnel have been analysed by both the Town and PTA.  The assessment has taken into account logical connections north and south of the railway line, need to maintain cyclist linkages, open and visible connections, grade separation between the tracks and adjacent footpaths, security in design, impact on existing servicing infrastructure, costs and ongoing maintenance and responsibility.  A site has been identified for a tunnel situated approximately 200 metres west of the station to facilitate pedestrian and cycle access.  Although the entry/exit does not connect well with any existing entry points, or walkways, it remains the only viable option for consideration.  The Town is still discussing option with PTA funding and cost implications relative to future maintenance obligations and responsibilities.

Bus interchange

The PTA proposed a bus interchange east of the station which are considered to have significant impacts on local residents and grass trees located along Gugeri Street.  The Town is also attempting to negotiate an alternative location for the bus station on Gugeri Street in its present location.  Initial discussions on options have been received positively by the PTA and are progressing to the development of further design details to facilitate this outcome.

Contact

For further information on this project please contact:

Public Transport Authority 
Whitney Williamson, Project Communications Officer
Tel: (08) 9326 3666
Email: info@metronet.wa.gov.au

Town of Claremont
David Vinicombe – Director Planning & Development
(08) 9285 4300