City of Joondalup adopts unfunded masterplan for Burns Beach foreshore


Burns Beach. Picture: Martin Kennealey.
Burns Beach. Picture: Martin Kennealey.

THE City of Joondalup has adopted a masterplan for the possible development of the Burns Beach foreshore, despite the concept remaining unfunded.

The draft plan and preferred indicative concept design were advertised for public comment from June 20 to August 19, with 89 valid survey responses and six written responses received.

“The consultation results indicate there is general support for the draft masterplan, though there were a number of comments and concerns raised about what people specifically like and dislike about the recommendations and other content of the draft masterplan,” a council report said.

Some comments included needing a local shopping facility and primary school to be developed, increasing buses in the area, concerns for local traffic and parking, support and non-support for the development of a cafe or restaurant near the beach, improvements to beach access and wanting a dog beach in the area.

In response to needing a shopping facility, the council report said four lots at the intersection of Grand Ocean Entrance and Whitehaven Avenue were identified as a local shop precinct but two had been developed for residential purposes.

There is a conflict with the other two lots because the Burns Beach Estate has restrictive covenants on the land titles saying only a single residential dwelling can be built on each lot.

“The restrictive covenants will not expire until 2020 and therefore the lots are unlikely to be developed until then,” the report said.

In response to needing a primary school, the document said the Department of Education had now acquired the site next to Bramston Park from the Burns Beach Estate.

“The department has also confirmed the site is still required for a future primary school and although there are no current plans to develop a new primary school on this site, it will continue to monitor the residential growth and enrolments at the local schools in the area,” it said.

In response to more buses, the document said the Public Transport Authority (PTA) had recently conducted public consultation on a proposed new bus service through Burns Beach with supportive results.

“The PTA has indicated the new service will be introduced into Burns Beach at the end of the year and will provide a convenient bus route to the Joondalup city centre and train station,” it said.

And in response to improved beach access, the document said the City received a development application in March for a 120m extension to the existing dual use path and footpath north of Beachside Park, a new boardwalk and emergency vehicle beach access, which the WA Planning Commission recently approved.

“The City will continue to liaise with the developer of the Burns Beach Estate to determine the timing of other future new beach access points,” it said.

During the consultation period, the City continued to make clear there was no funding available in its 20-year strategic financial plan or five-year capital works budget to implement the concept design and if it does become available, projects would be delivered in stages over multiple financial years.

It was also noted the concept and costs could change slightly as part of negotiations with a preferred proponent for a café or restaurant at the Jack Kikeros Community Hall site.

Joondalup councillors at the October 18 meeting unanimously voted to adopt the masterplan and requested a progress report to the council after one year.