Sod-turning marks start of Eglinton beach cafe construction

Col Dutton, General Manager Residential at Stockland; John Quigley, Attorney General and Minister for Commerce; Mayor Tracey Roberts; Ross Ledger, Eglinton Estates Director; Deputy Mayor, Natalie Sangalli at Amberton Beach.
Col Dutton, General Manager Residential at Stockland; John Quigley, Attorney General and Minister for Commerce; Mayor Tracey Roberts; Ross Ledger, Eglinton Estates Director; Deputy Mayor, Natalie Sangalli at Amberton Beach.

CONSTRUCTION of on a cafe and bar in Eglinton started with an official on-site ceremony last month.

Wanneroo Mayor Tracey Roberts, Butler MLA John Quigley and Stockland residential general manager Col Dutton turned the first sods at the 1.5ha coastal site in Amberton Beach estate overlooking the Indian Ocean in February.

Mr Dutton said the launch represented a major milestone for the seaside community, which was set to become more popular with the addition of the coastal facilities.

“We have worked closely with the City of Wanneroo and local stakeholders for many years to ensure we can deliver the best possible amenities,”he said.

“The location of the cafe and bar is sure to be a drawcard for residents, with unsurpassed views thanks to its hilltop positioning 16m above sea level.”

John Dawkins, owner of CY O’Connor in Perth and Hybla Tavern in Albany, was recently announced as operator of the cafe, which will host up to 200 people once it opens in December.

Mr Quigley said the venue would be an asset to the community.

“It’s great to see a unique community amenity like this being delivered in the north-west corridor,” he said.

Mrs Roberts said the venue and associated community facilities would provide residents and visitors with an exciting leisure space to enjoy along the great coastline of the Wanneroo region.

“This project supports the City’s approach to place activation, helping to create more distinctive and vibrant areas for our community while providing a range of new employment opportunities for local people,” she said.

The venue will neighbour a foreshore playground and green space with barbecues, seating and wash-down showers, as well as a car park and access stairs to the beach.

Other north coast venues are expected to open later this year, including a foreshore cafe in Jindalee’s Eden Beach estate and the Alkimos Beach tavern.