City playing against the clock

Wanneroo Mayor Tracey Roberts and Butler MLA John Quigley want quick approval to its plan for Yanchep playing fields. Picture: Andrew Ritchie d421141
Wanneroo Mayor Tracey Roberts and Butler MLA John Quigley want quick approval to its plan for Yanchep playing fields. Picture: Andrew Ritchie d421141

Last June, Wanneroo City Council endorsed an amendment to the district planning scheme so it could collect funds from developers in Yanchep, Two Rocks, Alkimos and Eglinton to fund various community facilities.

The City’s deed of agreement with developer Yanchep Beach Joint Venture (YBJV) to build the Yanchep active open space hinges on the WAPC approving and Planning Minister John Day gazetting amendment 122 within 12 months of the signing, which took place in January.

The WAPC received the amendment last July and Department of Planning spokeswoman Jennifer Bassett told the Times it would be presented at the WAPC’s next meeting on June 24.

Last week, Butler MLA John Quigley raised his second grievance relating to gazetting of the developer contributions plan in State Parliament.

‘Minister, if this amendment is not signed before Christmas and left to linger, the deed expires and there is nowhere else to go,’ Mr Quigley said.

‘All the commission has to do is put its stamp of approval on the amendment, then the Yanchep community can breathe a heavy sigh of relief.’

In response to Mr Quigley’s first grievance last August, Mr Day had said he would ensure the amendment was dealt with as quickly as reasonably possible.

Following the June 12 grievance, the minister said it had taken ‘longer than ideal’ because it was a complex issue affecting several suburbs that required due diligence to ensure long-term community benefits.

‘The corridor will ultimately accommodate a population of 230,000 residents over the next 50 years,’ Mr Day said.

‘It is important that facilities are provided to support these growing communities, not just the sporting grounds at Yanchep.’

Mr Day said following the June 24 WAPC meeting, the amendment would be dealt with ‘expeditiously’ by his office.

Wanneroo Mayor Tracey Roberts told the Times she welcomed all forms of action from local members to progress development of the playing fields.

Mrs Roberts said the City and YBJV had worked together to advance the proposal and were waiting for State Government approval so construction could start.

YBJV economic development manager Jon Kelly said it had been ‘a long road’ to get the playing fields.

‘The longer it drags out, it runs the risk of becoming more costly,’ Mr Kelly said.

Mrs Roberts said the City was also lobbying the State Government to acquire regional open space in the northern corridor, on which the City could develop facilities similar to Kingsway Regional Sporting Complex.