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Posted in fremantle, fremantle ports, heritage, maritime, tourism, western australia by freoview on September 21, 2016


I went to take some more photos of the demolition of the historic luffing crane on Victoria Quay this morning.

It’s a disappointing sight that is even more concerning when the excuse is that there is an identical crane next to the Maritime Museum, because a source at the museum tells me that the crane is a so-called State asset but the State does not supply the museum with funding to maintain it. This means we could hear the same story in a few years that for safety reasons the cranes at the Maritime Museum also have to be demolished.

I also hear the Maritime Museum suggested to Fremantle Ports to relocate the E Shed crane to a location near A Shed and the museum but that was rejected by Fremantle Ports.

I am sure this is all due to Fremantle Ports’ plans for the development of Victoria Quay and a hotel on the Challenger TAFE site near the South Mole.

When money talks heritage protection has no voice!

Roel Loopers

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  1. Ralph Treasure said, on September 21, 2016 at 2:37 pm

    It’s amazing. In third world countries like South America, they paint these cranes brightly, situate themn around the wharf and enclose the bottom section to use as information booths.
    Pity no one in our establishment could think outside the box….so to speak!

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