City of Wanneroo decision could see Orion Cafe remain at Yanchep Lagoon for years to come

Picture: Bruce Hunt
Picture: Bruce Hunt

ORION Cafe operators could remain at Yanchep Lagoon for up to five years following a Wanneroo City council decision on Tuesday.

The council approved in principle a one-year lease through private treaty negotiations with Bernardo Alalid, as trustee for the Alalid Family Trust, with four extra option terms of a year each.

The lease would be subject to approval from the Lands Minister and outcomes of a public notice that the City is required to advertise.

The City initially gave Mr Alalid a six-month lease to operate the Brazier Road cafe last November, due to expire on May 8.

The April 4 agenda report said Orion’s fit out and the City’s remedial works had improved the premises, although there were still concerns about the cool room, gas supply pipes and ventilation in the kitchen.

The council decided to undertake a strategic review of the lagoon area last September and the April 4 report said staff had done initial research for the building and wider Yanchep Lagoon precinct.

“The strategic review of the Yanchep Lagoon precinct will focus on the new single storey surf lifesaving facility,” the report said.

It said the review would also focus on refurbishing or demolishing the existing Yanchep Surf Life Saving Club and cafe buildings.

It said the consultant was due to finalise a report in May or June, and City staff would present another report to the council thereafter.

Last month the council approved a $3.39 million contract to Bistel Construction to finish the surf club building last month and the April 4 report said that would finish by December.

“It does not incorporate any facilities for the retail sale of food and drink (such as via a cafe or kiosk) but there is potential that a future second storey addition or upgrade of the new surf club could be designed to include such operations,” it said.

The April 4 council decision also noted staff would look at improving the public toilets and change rooms that are in the unleased part of the building.