Dead end for Dewars Track in Two Rocks

Capricorn Village Joint Venture has no intention of relocating the track.
Capricorn Village Joint Venture has no intention of relocating the track.

DEVELOPERS have dismissed the possibility of relocating Dewars (Durrs) Track in Two Rocks despite a petition being circulated.

Acumen Development Solutions principal Jarrod Rendell said landowner Capricorn Village Joint Venture had no intention of relocating the Two Rocks track, which follows an easement managed by the City of Wanneroo.

“The track has existed informally for over 20 years and is likely to remain in place under the easement until formal roads are constructed along the coastal areas within the Atlantis Beach project,” he said.

“From the landowner’s perspective, there is absolutely no prospect of the track being relocated to an alternative location further east along Breakwater Drive.

“That would not only be a major cost in upgrade and management works, it would also just be transplanting an existing problem with safety, traffic management and vehicle movement to a different location.”

Backed by the Two Rocks Yanchep Residents Association, Aileen Wills started online and paper petitions to the City last month calling for the track to be moved to Breakwater.

Mrs Wills said noise pollution and anti-social behaviour from people using the track prompted her to look for a solution that suited residents and the off-road community.

“The track has to be sustainable; it’s not in an area that is good enough to be able to cater for the amount of traffic,” she said.

“I want to find a solution for us as the residents and for the four-wheel drive groups.

“It has to be away from a residential zone.”

Mr Rendell said the easement agreement with the City would continue until Acumen needed the land for development, which could be several years away.

“Development up towards the beach is probably eight to 10 years away – that will depend on the market,” he said.

Mrs Wills said if the track could not be moved, another possible solution would be a curfew and gate similar to those at car parks in other parts of the City.

She said the City also needed to increase ranger patrols and provide better guidelines about what it should be used for.

“Officially it’s only a track to access the Dewars surf break,” she said.

Mrs Wills said although the track was designed for people to drive to a parking area near the surf break, it was also being used to get to the Wilbinga off-road area.

She said despite existing signage, people were using motorbikes and quad bikes on the track.

Mr Rendell said the landowner endorsed the City’s recent moves to upgrade the track through widening and recontour works.

“The management of safety and control of 4WD access needs to be diligently undertaken by City’s rangers as they have responsibility for the management of the track,” he said.

“The latest upgrades proposed are a result of Wanneroo council deciding to maintain access for recreational vehicle drivers on the Dewar’s Track to popular beach locations.”

City community and place director Fiona Hodges said there had been 18 separate customer enquiries relating to the track in 2015.

“These include eight reports of illegal use of off road vehicles, six complaints of illegal parking, one report of illegal dumping, one report of hooning, one abandoned vehicle and one report of a wandering dog,” she said.

Mrs Hodges said the City was still renegotiating terms of the agreement with the landowner and investigating options for track maintenance.

“Maintenance on the track carried out this year includes grading ofthe track, sign repair and replacement, graffiti removal, closing of illegal access tracks and repairing damaged fencing,” she said.

“Due to consistent vandalism and abuse of the track, the City has needed to increase maintenance operations.

“Annual operational costs are about $40,000.”

Mrs Hodges said only off-road vehicles were allowed on the track, and anyone who left the easement area was trespassing.

Mrs Hodges said the City had 18 rangers and four senior rangers, who did dedicated patrols on the track.

So far in 2015, the City has issued two infringements on Sovereign Drive and one on Damepattie Drive for illegally parked vehicles.

Mrs Wills plans to present the paper petition, which can be found at Two Rocks IGA and Zoe’s Homestyle Kitchen and Pizzas, to the council in November.