IT has been an 11-year process but construction on the coastal path between Burns Beach and Mindarie is expected to start in July.
Joondalup councillors at Tuesday night’s meeting unanimously accepted a tender from WCP Civil to build a significant section of the dual-use path.
Mayor Albert Jacob said it had been “11 years trying to find a way to address the complexity of landholdings, differing funding responsibilities, heritage and environmental issues”.
“Now we have a path that traverses the beautiful natural bushland. It doesn’t go around it like they tried to push us to for a few years, and connects our two cities (Joondalup and Wanneroo) in a pedestrian sense,” he said.
“The coastal dual-use path currently extends from Fremantle to Burns Beach and then it has a 2.7km gap before extending to Jindalee, and no doubt as development continues it will extend to Yanchep, so this has been the missing gap that has hurt both of our cities.”
The State Government has contributed $2 million to the project, with the rest of the costs to be split between the cities of Joondalup and Wanneroo.
The cities are also working with Peet and the Tamala Park Regional Council for them to construct links to Burns Beach and Catalina estates.
Planning Minister Rita Saffioti said the path had been designed to “tread lightly on the sensitive coastal environment” and would “discourage inappropriate and environmentally damaging activities occurring within the bushland”.
The path route aims to minimise the impact on the bushland located within the Bush Forever site by using sections of cleared paths where possible.
The cities have been liaising with traditional owners in the region given the importance of the Mindarie Waugal.
Wanneroo Mayor Tracey Roberts said she was pleased construction was about to begin after many years of lobbying.
“I know from the significant support and engagement from the local communities that our residents are really looking forward to the new pathway becoming a reality,” she said.
“The 4m wide asphalt path will cater for walkers, prams, wheelchairs and cyclists.”
Cr Mike Norman said while he supported the project, he was disappointed it was not using a recycled road base or asphalt product.
The council accepted the construction tender for $1.45 million, with the City of Joondalup to manage the project.
However, both cities will be responsible for maintenance within their boundaries.
- Two community information sessions will be held for local residents: June 12 at Mindarie Primary School from from 5.30-8.30pm, and June 22 at Bramston Park, Burns Beach from from 1pm to-4pm.