Field of dreams is nearer to a reality

Yanchep Beach Joint Venture’s Gin Wah Ang and Wanneroo Mayor Tracey Roberts sign a deed of agreement for development of Yanchep open space. Picture: Emma Reeves d417989
Yanchep Beach Joint Venture’s Gin Wah Ang and Wanneroo Mayor Tracey Roberts sign a deed of agreement for development of Yanchep open space. Picture: Emma Reeves d417989

It is a step forward for the proposed active open space project on undeveloped land north of the Marmion Avenue and Yanchep Beach Road junction.

But Mayor Tracey Roberts said the $7.15 million development could only proceed with a State Government District Scheme amendment gazettal.

‘In the absence of the State Government acquiring the land required to develop regional open space, the City has had to look at ways to bring ovals to the community. This is the best option we have identified but it can only happen with our scheme amendment gazetted,’ she said.

‘The land acquisition component of the project is significant and is not reasonable to expect our residents to fund it.

‘If the Government doesn’t support our amendment it should advise the city what land they are prepared to provide the city to urgently address this need. I have expressed the importance of this to the Minister for Planning and the member for Butler.’

Mrs Roberts said the project included $3.8 million from the City over the next two years and $1.75 million from the Department of Sport and Recreation. The remainder will come from developers.

‘The complex is desperately needed as there are simply not enough playing fields in the Yanchep area,’ she said.

Plans for the land north of Yanchep Central shopping centre include two full-size ovals, change rooms and a kiosk.

Yanchep Beach Joint Venture chief executive Gin Wah Ang said they were pleased the ovals had ‘started to gain momentum again’.

– Yanchep Beach Joint Venture hosts a small business expo on June 28.

Email jon@ybjv.com.au