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Freshwater Bay Museum redevelopment

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Project manager: Town of Claremont
Project update: December 2019

Overview


The Town of Claremont’s historic Freshwater Bay Museum site is being upgraded to support learning opportunities related to our local heritage and culture through programs, exhibitions and presentations 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 the proposed upgrade as part of Town’s Freshwater Bay Museum Future Directions 2016-2021 plan after extensive consultation – including the museum’s advisory committee and volunteers, local teachers and other community members – showed support for the concept of improvements to the amenity of the site.

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.  
 
To progress the proposed project to build stage, a steering group comprised of community members and Town officers was established at the Ordinary Council Meeting on 3 September 2019.

Proposed Reserve Boundary Adjustment - update

At the Ordinary Council meeting held on the 17th of December, the Council resolved to;

Request the CEO to request the Minister for Lands revise the boundaries of Reserve 5659, so that this reserve is reduced to reflect Freshwater Bay Museum buildings (both current and proposed) and that the residual land be amalgamated with A Class Reserve 885.
 
That the proposed boundary of the revised Reserve 5659 and the proposed new reserve for Reserve 885, is considered relative to the attached image with amendments to this proposal only implemented if the location of the proposed Museum Buildings require this proposed boundary to be adjusted.

 
Click here to review the proposed boundary changes  as referenced in the resolution.  The Town's  proposal reduces the current area of the Museum reserve considerably, while providing sufficient space for any of the redevelopment options for the Freshwater Bay Museum.  A formal application requesting this change to the reserve boundaries was forwarded to the Department of Lands on the 6 January 2020.
 
Council will shortly consider two location options for the Community Building (both within the new proposed boundary of the reserve).  If supported,  these will be part of a community wide consultation process in respect to the project and the new building.

What are the next steps?


The steering group is working to develop recommendations to Council to inform a design concept for community feedback to be invited in February/March 2020.
 
To support this, the steering group is reviewing elements of the proposed project 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 (such as the public toilets);
  • accessibility, parking and transport;
  • maintaining mature trees and canopy; and
  • colours, designs and other issues as may arise during this process.
There are no commercialisation aspects proposed as part of the upgrades.

When will the museum re-open?

Construction is anticipated to commence within the next financial year, pending the steering group’s finalisation of the design.

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

The temporary closure of the museum 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 – to better interpret the rich 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.
 

Contact

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

For further information on this project please contact:
Town of Claremont
Andrew Smith – Director Infrastructure & Assets
(08) 9285 4300


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: January 2020


Overview

The much-anticipated splash pad water playground at Claremont Aquatic Centre is now open. 

Replacing the 47-year-old toddler pool, the $750,000 redevelopment encourages 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 enable youngsters and guardians to enjoy the splash pad in safety and comfort.

A new storage shed and grassed areas 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  entre fees and opening times remain unchanged. 

The splash pad project was 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 is compliant with all health and safety requirements.

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

Contact

For further information on this project please contact:
Town of Claremont
(08) 9285 4300
toc@claremont.wa.gov.au

 

Claremont Train Station upgrade

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Project manager: Public Transport Authority
Project update: December 2019

Overview

The Town has been in negotiation with the Public Transport Authority (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 Forrestfield-Airport Link), 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 originally 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 negotiate an alternative location for the bus station on Gugeri Street, in its present location.  

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