Opening date for Yanchep playing fields pushed back to March

Yanchep playing fields. Photo: Martin Kennealey
Yanchep playing fields. Photo: Martin Kennealey

THE opening date for Yanchep’s playing fields has been pushed back to March, with the turf condition and road ownership causing the latest delays.

Late last year, the City of Wanneroo indicated there would be public access to the ovals from January, however they remain closed.

Mayor Tracey Roberts said the City now expected the clubrooms and ovals to open for public use in March.

“The process of vesting the access road to the ovals (Splendid Avenue) is progressing, however currently the road is under the control of the developer,” she said.

“Separately, post construction, the ovals have settled in such a way that turf renovations have been carried out to ensure the playing surfaces are fit for purpose by sporting clubs.

“The City plans to hold an official opening of the facilities in April to capture both summer and winter sports.”

The Two Rocks Yanchep Residents Association discussed the delays at its meeting this week, with one member saying there had been an issue with the surface of the ovals.

Mrs Roberts said the council approved a budget of $5.5 million for the ovals but the final cost was yet to be determined.

“It has been funded by the City of Wanneroo, funding grants and developer contributions,” she said.

“The City received a grant from the Community Recreational Sports Facilities Fund of $975,000 for the open space, and $770,332 for the building, resulting in a total of $1,745,332 being awarded.”

The provision of sports facilities has been a long-running issue, with the City negotiating with developer Yanchep Beach Joint Venture to provide them early for several years.

The City had allocated $1 million in its 2011-12 Budget for the project, but construction only started in late 2016.

Mrs Roberts said the Yanchep Active Open Space, located east of the Capricorn Yanchep development, was part of the City’s urban planning scheme.

“Planning for this much needed community facility began a number of years ago,” she said.

“It incorporates an amenities building, multipurpose ovals and a children’s playground along with an extension of Marmion Avenue extension.”

The open space covers 11ha and includes two ovals, two hard courts, floodlighting, cricket nets, long jump pits and a playground.

“Athletics, AFL, soccer, rugby and cricket will use the ovals once opened,” Mrs Roberts said.

The $2.8 million amenities building includes six change rooms, five storerooms, a first aid room, umpires room, kiosk, multipurpose room, meeting room, chair store, access ramp and tiered seating.

The City plans to install a shade sail at a later date.