It was great today to speak at the launch of the new Fremantle Sea Rescue operations centre at Cantonment Hill Signal Station with Josh Wilson, DFES Assistant Commissioner Garry Gifford, and Cam McMillan, President of the Fremantle Volunteer Sea Rescue Group.

Fremantle Sea Rescue has been making boating safer for over 40 years with 100 active volunteers manning the boats and monitoring radios 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

They are one of the most iconic organisations in Freo, and symbolise some of the best things about our city – our connection with the sea and our community spirit.

They are one of the busiest marine rescue groups in the country – and certainly the busiest in WA, covering the ocean between South Fremantle and City Beach out past Rottnest, plus all the navigable waters of the Swan and Canning Rivers.

They also undertake over 600 rescues a year – many minor, but some life threatening or ending with the loss of life.

It’s an important job and one that requires an adequate home.

The opening of the Operations Centre at Cantonment Hill provides a significantly better base for radio operations and will also act as a home for administration.

I’m sure having one of the best views of Fremantle won’t hurt either. The City is proud to support the Fremantle Volunteer Sea Rescue Group and have them here on Cantonment Hill.

In years to come, this historically significant area will be transformed into an attractive and accessible community space and striking entry point in Fremantle, thanks to support from Lotterywest through a $2.2m funding grant.

The restoration and activation of the signal station is one of the first stages of this milestone Cantonment Hill project managed by the City of Fremantle and I look forward to seeing it progress, with the Fremantle Volunteer Sea Rescue Group at its heart.

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  1. johnwv says:

    Great news. I have a simple request. Can the FSR hoist a flag please?. It’s been missing for a few years and it’s a great way to work out wind direction.

  2. Robyn Bellegarde says:

    Fantastic site for FSR. We’d love to read stories of some of their rescues on their website st some stage.

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