ENKEL’S move into the old naval stores in Fremantle is likely to be delayed, after a cliff face directly behind the premises was found to be “unstable”.
The creative team is taking over the empty building on Queen Victoria Street, as part of Fremantle council’s plan to transform Cantonment Hill into the “Kings Park of the south”.
The city budgeted $187,000 for cliff repairs, with officers recommended a “batter” protection with mesh and spray-on shotcrete, but Cr Andrew Sullivan was concerned about the aesthetics.
“I would like us to look into other fixes to see if we can get something more pleasing on the eye for the same amount of money,” he said.
When the Chook went down to the naval stores, there was a gaping hole in the fence, which even a slightly overweight 41-year-old reporter could pass through with ease.
Below the cliff face, which reaches up to 10 metres in spots, were a litany of spraypaint cans, graffiti, and a limestone boulder which had broken loose.
by STEPHEN POLLOCK