More active open space a key priority

In March, the council approved the plan, which outlines development for an 834-hectare landholding north of the existing houses in Two Rocks.

Cr Brett Treby moved an amendment to include a request that Mayor Tracey Roberts and chief executive Daniel Simms write to the State Government about regional open space.

The request sought information about the schedule and priorities for acquiring regional open space across the metropolitan area.

It also asked for a commitment on the intended funding and timing for acquiring about 155ha of regional open space within the City of Wanneroo.

‘There is a deficit in active open space,’ Cr Treby said. ‘At the moment, there’s an embargo put on any expenditure (by state departments).’

Cr Treby said regional open spaces were places where young families go together.

‘This is where our communities will play ” they form lifelong friendships through sport, through school,’ he said.

‘Sport and access to active open space is the catalyst that we need to make sure we put in place.’

Deputy Mayor Dot Newton said blocks were getting smaller with less backyard space, so without regional open space, future generations would suffer.

Cr Dianne Guise said that plan alone identified 30ha would be needed for regional open space, but overall the council would be looking for 155ha.

The only vote against the amendment came from Cr Linda Aitken, who said they should consider it separately as it affected the City of Wanneroo as a whole.

The majority of councillors approved the amended motion, which asked the WA Planning Commission to initiate an amendment to the metropolitan region scheme to formally reserve an identified 30ha parcel of land as regional open space.

Cr Winton voted against the motion, citing concerns about ‘giving away’ coastal land when the council needed public open space.