Freshwater Bay Museum redevelopment
Project manager: Town of Claremont
Project update: May 2020
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. Over the last few decades the Town has added facilities to the site to support the preservation of artefacts and promote the history of the area.
Two of these facilities are either tired or not fit for purpose, and after extensive community consultation – including seeking input from the Council’s Museum Advisory Committee and volunteers, local teachers and other community members – Council resolved to upgrade the facilities to meet the future needs of the community.
The museum and associated facilities were then closed to the public to allow for preparation for works. In the meantime, museum officers have continued to deliver community events and school programs, whilst the temporary closure has also provided an opportunity to complete a major audit and deaccessioning project of the collection– involving the identification, restoration and repacking of museum artefacts of Freshwater Bay provenance – to better interpret the rich history and many stories of Claremont.
Project funding allocated in the Town’s budget includes $500,000 for the museum renovations, $200,000 for public toilet facility upgrades, and $130,000 for an upgrade of the carpark.
In addition the Town secured a $760,000 Lotterywest grant in to include a new community facility to support public programs and activities as part of this $1.26 million project.
To progress the proposed project, a steering group comprised of community members and Council officers was established at the Ordinary Council Meeting on 3 September 2019. This Group invested considerable time and effort reviewing the proposed project and making a number of key recommendations to the Council.
The project involves the upgrade of the existing office and Museum building and replaces the storage building with a fit for purpose space for community education and temporary exhibition space.
Storage options are also being considered as part of a broader strategy to house the museum’s significant collection, taking into account the required appropriate environmental conditions required and a desire for ready access to the collection for displays.
The comment period for the proposed museum upgrade closed on 31 March, 2020.
- Complete comment period, collate and analyse community feedback
- Initiate detailed design for project
- Issue construction tender
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 and Financial Management
(08) 9285 4300
Claremont Train Station upgrade
Project manager: Public Transport Authority
Project update: May 2020
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.
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)
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.
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 negotiated an alternative location for the bus station on Gugeri Street, in its present location.
Long term single lane road closure - Claremont Crescent
On behalf of the Perth Transport Authority (PTA), the Town is seeking comments regarding the proposed long term single lane road closure (for westbound traffic) of Claremont Crescent, west of Stirling Road, Claremont.
As part of the State Government’s Metronet Claremont station project, the Public Transport Authority has proposed a long-term single lane road closure of Claremont Crescent, west of Stirling Road, for westbound traffic. The lane closure will accommodate critical works along the train line and ensure the safety of pedestrians, cyclist, motorists and personnel performing the work. The closure will also act as a temporary principle shared path (PSP) as the main PSP will be closed between Graylands Road and Australind Street for the duration of the works. These closures will be in place for up to eight months to March 2021.
A map of the closure can be found here.
Comments in respect to the proposal are to be addressed to the Chief Executive Officer, Town of Claremont, PO Box 54, Claremont WA 6010 and are to be received no later than 5pm Friday 12 June 2020.
For further information on this project please visit METRONET's website or contact:
Public Transport Authority
Peter Herkenhoff, Project Communications Officer
Tel: (08) 9326 2110
Town of Claremont
David Vinicombe – Director Planning & Development
(08) 9285 4300