SHOPPING options for Yangebup and Beeliar residents could be doubled with plans for a new commercial space currently out for public consultation.
The development, planned for land on the northern side of Beeliar Drive between Durnin Avenue and the railway line, will bring with it a new Aldi supermarket, a petrol station, several specialty stores, Hungry Jack’s and KFC fast food outlets and 253 car bays.
A tavern has already been approved for the site.
The precinct will be opposite the established Beeliar Village, which itself features a supermarket, restaurants, a fast food outlet, a pharmacy and a petrol station.
The proposal drew plenty of comments on social media after it was posted by Yangebup Progress Association president Chontelle Sands.
She said an overwhelming number of people did not want to see any fast food outlets, another petrol station or even an Aldi given the proximity to similar offerings in the area.
“However there is support for a shopping precinct to boost local jobs,” she said.
Ms Sands said some were keen for a large enclosed playground with a coffee shop, while measures to encourage safe driving were also wanted.
“Local home owners are concerned about the increased traffic that a development will bring to their residential streets and would encourage Council and developers to ensure traffic taming measures be put in place to stop hooning,” she said.
Comments from locals on social media:
Amy Kendall: “I don’t mind Aldi but (I’m) not keen on more fast food outlets.”
Jack Barker: “KFC and Hungry Jack’s are good. Lots of young people will get jobs from it and good money.”
Jessica Boatwright: “No thanks. No need for anymore fast food. We have KFC and Hungry Jack’s only five to ten minutes from this site. So ridiculous to even consider. Just causing more traffic congestion and rubbish blowing around. Not to mention having to drive past these venues three times a day when you’re trying to promote healthy eating to your children.”
Julie Basilio: “All these new estates are getting wonderful playgrounds; why not put the money to great use and build us one? I’d rather my kids asking to go to the park than for burgers and sundaes. The small food businesses currently there struggle as it is. Why make it even harder for them by putting in all this crappy food?”
Zarebull Rosandic: “Looks crap and I don’t like it. Two big shops next to each other – they should leave it as it is or build a nice park for kids and adults to play.”
To view the plans and comment, visit www.cockburn.wa.gov.au.
The consultation period closes October 24.