Mindarie boat storage plans out for consultation again

A boat storage facility was proposed for the Mindarie marina car park. Picture: Martin Kennealey d491742
A boat storage facility was proposed for the Mindarie marina car park. Picture: Martin Kennealey d491742

PLANS to change parking to a boat storage facility in Mindarie are out for a second round of public consultation.

The City of Wanneroo withdrew a report on the plans to create secure boat and trailer parking on the corner of Ocean Falls Boulevard and Anchorage Drive from this month’s council meeting agenda.

The proposal includes building a 1.8m high fence around 27 existing boat and trailer parking bays and putting mature landscaping around the perimeter.

It also includes installation of CCTV to deter anti-social behaviour and changes to the car parking area.

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Planning consultant Len Kosova provided a parking analysis of aerial and drone images of the parking area as well as site visits to show there was enough parking.

“Peak period demand for boat trailer parking bays occurs on summer weekend mornings around 8am, when the ocean is calm,” he said.

Parking at the marina about 8am on Sunday, January 12, 2019. Picture: Drone Image WA

“The number of boat trailers parked on site reduces significantly by mid-morning to midday, typically when Perth’s prevailing summer morning easterly winds tend to westerly/south-westerly winds, making for blustery boating conditions.

“Peak demand for car parking tends to occur from around 4pm, as patron numbers increase for the marina’s various hospitality venues, particularly in summer leading into sunset.

“By this time however, the boat trailer parking area has all but been vacated, with the capacity to accommodate two cars per every one trailer bay.

Parking at the marina about 4pm on Sunday, January 12, 2019. Picture: Drone Image WA

“Overall there is an abundance of both off-street (at the marina) and on-street parking within less than a 300m radius of the Mindarie marina hotel, which can comfortably cater for parking demand.”

The City of Wanneroo initially advertised the proposal late last year and received 45 submissions.

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According to the withdrawn council report, 15 submissions from adjoining landowners objected to the proposal and the applicant provided 30 supporting it after doing surveys of potential stakeholders at the marina.

Submissions can be made until April 4 – visit www.wanneroo.wa.gov.au for more information.