Ovals plan ‘tracking well’

At the August 26 TRYRA meeting, Butler MLA John Quigley updated residents on a developers’ contribution plan that would fund the City of Wanneroo’s plan to buy land for two ovals in Yanchep ” if approved by the WA Planning Commission.

The plan forms part of an amendment to a district planning scheme which the City submitted to WAPC in July, and Planning Minister John Day said he would do what he could to ensure it was finalised as soon as reasonably possible in response to Mr Quigley’s parliamentary grievance last month.

‘That matter now is tracking well,’ Mr Quigley said.

‘We’ve got to stick together to make it happen.’

He said the City would use the funds from that scheme to buy 17ha from Yanchep Beach Joint Venture, which made up 3.5 per cent of its land, on top of the 10 per cent the developer would have to cede as public open space when it developed the land.

‘That money comes from all the developers through a levy they put on each block,’ Mr Quigley said.

‘That money doesn’t get paid (to YBJV) by your City for years.’

Later, member Sue Dash asked the association and sporting groups to consider using two ovals in Yanchep National Park to meet interim demand for training space.

‘There are two other ovals perfectly available, with toilet facilities, barbecue facilities, plenty of parking,’ Ms Dash said.

‘Let’s approach (the Department of) Parks and Wildlife ” let’s address an immediate problem here.’

Mr Quigley said challenges would be the gate fee for the national park, the lack of change rooms and the need for improved grass on the fields, as they were not watered.

Members at the meeting agreed to the idea, and one said she would talk to the football clubs to see if they wanted to use the national park for training.