Councillors ask for more time on Yanchep ovals negotiations

Councillors were due to consider a report on negotiations with Yanchep Beach Joint Venture this week, but Cr Brett Treby proposed a procedural motion to defer the decision until December 17.

Cr Treby said the move would allow councillors more time to make an informed decision after late advice and information was circulated to them.

The procedural motion was carried unanimously.

The Weekender understands the move was prompted by Butler MLA John Quigley, who said he believed the developer would not accept the deed as presented.

Mr Quigley said there were two ‘deal breakers’, including a disputation clause that allowed the City of Wanneroo to withhold monies under disputed works.

‘The second point, which is a deal breaker, is the City’s insistence that YBJV construct a full T-junction at the entry point of the access road,’ he said.

At the December 10 meeting, City chief executive Daniel Simms said in June 2012, the council had resolved that unless carried out by others, YBJV would be responsible for the ultimate road design. The City’s lawyer, Karen Brown, said the developer would only have to build the junction when required.

In a letter to councillors, YBJV chief executive Gin Wah Ang said the company did not agree that the junction construction should be included in the ovals project.