City of Wanneroo draft master plan highlights vision for Yanchep Lagoon precinct

An artist's impresson of the Yanchep Lagoon.
An artist's impresson of the Yanchep Lagoon.

AN eco-resort, snorkel trails, a lookout jetty, canoe hire and kiosks are part of a draft vision for Yanchep Lagoon.

The City of Wanneroo released a draft plan for the precinct online this month after community consultation and a three-day forum late last year.

Prepared by RobertsDay, the plan encompasses the lagoon and surrounding areas, including Mary Lindsay Homestead and Fisherman’s Hollow.

The draft, which has not been endorsed by the council, proposed a “Rotto-style village square” near the Yanchep Surf Life Saving Club building if parking is moved elsewhere and making the homestead a creative arts incubator.

It suggested privately-owned land opposite Old Nursery Park could include eco-chalets, camping areas and corner shops.

The plan proposed transforming Brazier Road into a landscaped promenade with an outdoor gym, ‘Jacob’s ladder’ dune steps, children’s splash park and new changerooms and showers.

“Sensitive enhancements to the coastal reserve could create an immersive parkland with a major adventure playground, cultural walking trails and picnic spots,” the plan said.

Mayor Tracey Roberts encouraged the community to get involved in consultation on the draft and said feedback received to date was thoughtful and sensitive to the natural beauty of the lagoon.

“The Yanchep community are so passionate about their lagoon. It was wonderful to see such a diverse group of enthusiastic, engaged people come together to discuss challenges and ideas for a vibrant, sustainable vision for the area,” she said.

Four key priorities for the area’s future were identified through the forum to keep it special, natural and simple.

“The draft master plan has so many great ideas and exciting elements, including pop-up cafes, markets and retail spaces, carefully considered dune walking trails, improved beach access, a lookout jetty, large grassed areas with shelter and barbecue facilities, and a coastal boardwalk,” Mrs Roberts said.

The council is expected to consider forum outcomes and the final master plan at its March 5 meeting.

Visit wanneroo.wa.gov.au/yancheplagoon for details.