At the monthly Two Rocks Yanchep Residents Association meeting on March 25, participants told Wanneroo Mayor Tracey Roberts, who was the guest speaker, that they did not think Two Rocks was the right site for a sports oval.
Yanchep Junior Football Club president Derek Best said the City needed to get the Yanchep oval back on track, particularly because 35 per cent of the junior club members walked to training, which they would not be able to do in Two Rocks.
Mr Best said the club had already exceeded membership expectations last year by more than 100 children.
‘We are going to have well over 300 this year,’ he said. ‘By 2014 we are going to have problems within the club (and) I don’t think it is only a challenge in our club.’
Mr Best said juniors had to share ovals with the seniors and that lack of facilities had forced them to move Auskick from Wednesdays to Saturdays, causing them to lose 57 children in the process.
Two Rocks resident Martina Thomas said she was ‘dead set against’ development at Charnwood, particularly because there was no provision for adequate parking in the draft proposal.
‘It is a beautiful park, it suits the people who live there,’ she said.
Other residents who live near Charnwood echoed her sentiments not to have the park developed, with one man saying population forecasts indicated Yanchep would grow three times faster than Two Rocks in the next decade, with a young age group settling in the southern suburb.
Asked about the timeframe for Two Rocks compared to Yanchep, Mrs Roberts said Yanchep could be up to six years away, but if the community supported Charnwood and all went according to plan, clubs could be playing sports on that oval within 18 months to two years.
The mayor said the council had supported two resolutions this year, one to cease negotiations with YBJV and another to advertise a draft proposal for the Charnwood oval.
Mrs Roberts said residents should participate in the community consultation process.