A PATH linking Burns Beach and Mindarie should go along Marmion Avenue rather than the coast, according to the Department of Planning.
A department spokeswoman said an environmental study and topographical survey report recommended the dual-use path be within the road reserve to avoid environmental impact on the 91ha Tamala Park coastal reserve.
“Tamala Park is a highly constrained biodiversity area with significant environmental values. The construction of a path through this area would have major implications for the sensitive coastal environment,” she said.
“It is the department’s preference that the existing developments of Mindarie and Burns Beach be connected by a path along Marmion Avenue within the road reserve as recommended by the report to the Tamala Park Community Advisory Committee.”
At the May 26 Wanneroo council meeting, Mayor Tracey Roberts said the cities of Wanneroo and Joondalup and State Government had contributed to a feasibility study in 2011-12 into a dual-use foreshore path.
“We are extremely disappointed by that (Planning Department) response,” she said.
“We are going to be further pursuing that there should be connectivity – Burns Beach can access right through to Fremantle but there is a block put between Burns Beach and Mindarie.”
At the same meeting, Merriwa resident Lewis Flood presented a petition with more than 600 signatures supporting the coastal path.
Mrs Roberts said previous petitions on the long-running issue had included more than 1000 signatures.
The City’s planning and sustainability director Phillip St John said the Department of Parks and Wildlife indicated it could not build the path until land for the Tamala Park Conservation Park was formally transferred to the Conservation Commission of WA.
“One of the large parcels of land is currently owned by Peet limited, and this won’t be transferred until the last stages of subdivision for the Burns Beach Estate have been completed,” he said.
“It may be some time before this occurs.”