Fort Buckley

9 August 2010

Land adjacent to the historic Fort Buckley Reserve in Wadestown has recently been purchased by the Council to help protect the site for future generations.

Dorothy Douglass (Highland Park Progressive Assoc) helps with planting onsite

Dorothy Douglass (Highland Park Progressive Assoc) helps with planting onsite

Fort Buckley, originally built in 1885, was constructed to help defend Wellington's inner harbour. It comprises the remains of two circular gun emplacements which were put up in preparation for a Russian naval invasion. The site was later used during World War II as part of Wellington's aerial defence network.

Mike Oates, the Council's Open Space and Recreation Manager, says the acquisition of the land (2290 sq m), linking the existing reserve with Barnard Street, will help ensure the long-term conservation and management of the entire site.

"The site is of significant national historical importance and recognised as one of the most significant examples of New Zealand's coastal defence sites.

"Acquisition of the land by the Council will eliminate the risk of residential development on the site."

Mike says the next step is to classify the land as a historic reserve under the Reserves Act 1977.