A BUTLER resident has called on the City of Wanneroo to redevelop Quinns Rocks Caravan Park, which closed several years ago.
Doug Croker asked the City why it had taken so long “to achieve no viable progress” on the redevelopment at the September 19 council meeting.
Mr Croker said in his weekly walks past the site, he had seen it change from a “rundown park to the vacant carpark that it is today”.
“Why is such a valuable tourist asset just being left not drawing any income?” he said.
“What concerns me most of all is it’s the only industry that is buoyant. We are missing out on all that income through local businesses because of bureaucracy.”
At the meeting, Mayor Tracey Roberts said the council was “passionate” about seeing it become a good facility.
“There’s nothing more that we would love to see than a thriving, successful caravan park,” she said.
The City’s corporate strategy and performance director Noelene Jennings said the park closed to holiday users out of a duty of care, risk management and obligation to meet compliance requirements in December 2012.
“Long stay tenants remained at the Quinns Rocks Caravan Park until December 1, 2014 via lease agreements,” she said.
“Since this time, a series of technical and feasibility investigations have been undertaken in line with requirements set by the |Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage.”
Mrs Jennings said Ecospace had completed an environmental assessment in late 2015 that identified key environmental factors, including Carnaby’s black cockatoo habitat and Bush Forever vegetation.
“The City has also embarked on a study to determine the coastal hazard mapping for the area,” she said.
Mrs Jennings said the City requested tenders for a business case for developing a tourist park and was currently reviewing the tender, with a successful tenderer to be appointed within two weeks.
“These investigations will more specifically investigate the technical and financial feasibility of the site for possible development,” she said.
It was hoped all the information would be together by early next year.