Upgrade hits second gear

Shorehaven Boulevard was opened last week, giving formal access to the beach in Alkimos.
Shorehaven Boulevard was opened last week, giving formal access to the beach in Alkimos.

Councillors made a unanimous decision last week that the Willagee upgrade project should remain a top priority with draft plans to be released for public feedback straight away.

A need to increase the number of dwellings in the City by at least 11,000 by 2031 led the City to pinpoint Willagee as a potential development area.

Since then, City officers have admitted a major upgrade and long-term vision for the suburb was a top priority, and earlier this year held a number of community and government department meetings.

Officers said it used the information from the meetings to create the draft structure plan.

It details information on housing, parks, economic viability, traffic transport, walking and cycling facilities for the suburb as well as plans for Carawatha site.

In April, the council passed a $1.5 million development project to turn the old Carawatha Primary School site in Willagee into a vibrant park area for the community.

They voted for $1.3 million to be set aside over the next two years, with additional maintenance costs, to develop a third of the site into a community open space area with barbecues, a playground, toilets, paths and bushland. The rest of the Carawatha site will come under the Draft Willagee Structure Plan.

Once the public consultation period has closed, the item will return to council.