She made the statement while supporting plans for a new Yanchep Surf Life Saving Club at the March 5 council meeting.
The plans, endorsed by all elected members present, will feature a single-storey building between Brazier Road and the beach, with the roof level with the road and access from the club and public amenities directly to the beach.
‘It is fantastic what (administration) have come up with,’ Cr Gray said.
‘(However) it will be challenging with the WA Planning Commission to get this across the line because it is so close to the coast.’
The North Ward councillor, who is also a member of Yanchep SLSC, said the club’s input had been integral to developing the plans, with the proposed building to replace existing club rooms located north of the lagoon and set back from the beach.
Mayor Tracey Roberts said surf lifesavers played a critical role in providing a safe beach environment.
Cr Gray also moved a motion to proceed with works to realign Brazier Road, seconded by Cr Norman Hewer.
‘It has been a long time coming, but at last we are seeing something happening at Yanchep Lagoon,’ Cr Gray said.
Although she said the works would be disruptive, Cr Hewer said the plan to create a cul-de-sac at the southern section of Brazier Road would allow the kiosk to continue operating.
Elected members unanimously approved a report noting the City received no submissions on the proposal, and will close that section of Brazier Road after April 8. They also authorised chief executive Daniel Simms to award a tender to supply and install limestone blocks under delegated authority.