CLONTARF HILL’S friends group believes it may have unearthed a relic which may be linked to a secretive World War II operation, while weeding on Clontarf Hill.
The friends were chopping back weedy trees when they found a rusty car body, which has been tentatively identified as an army Jeep from the 1940s.
As part of the Fremantle coastal defence during the war, a searchlight was set up on the hill and some slit trenches remain. In 1944 a special operations camp was set up to support Z-Unit which was developing folding submarines to attack enemy ships.
Now they’ve chopped the weeds down, the Friends have to put something back, so they’re holding a big planting day on Sunday July 30 from 9.30am.
They’re hoping to get 800 trees into the ground this year.
There’ll be a barbecue afterwards. Meet on Clontarf Road at the bottom of the hill.
by STEVE GRANT