HAMILTON HILL residents are arcing up over plans to redevelop land near Dixon Park and Randwick Stables for housing.
The land, in the shadow of Clontarf Hill, contains a stand of mature tuart trees that are on Cockburn council’s heritage register. But the locals say they can’t get assurances from the state government’s development arm, Landcorp, that the trees will be spared.
Friends of Clontarf Hill spokesperson Christine Duckham says her group has joined with the local residents association to fight the subdivision, saying the area should be turned into a heritage precinct with an ecological focus.
The nearby Randwick Stables are the last remnant of South Fremantle’s once thriving horse racing industry, while the area was one of the state’s first land grants for farming. There is also evidence it was used by Noongars as a corroboree and burial site.
The group wants to re-establish the wetland, further develop a small community garden next to the stables, preserve the horse exercise track and revegetate much of the site with natives to provide a haven for fauna. Resident Paul Watson says they were pleased to get assurances from Cockburn council it would back their call to preserve the tuarts, but unhappy about the brushoff from Landcorp. The Herald contacted Landcorp for a comment and they said they’d get back to us.
by STEVE GRANT