Jon Kelly, who is now the economic development manager for Yanchep Beach Joint Venture, added his voice to calls for transport infrastructure to Yanchep this month.
‘In order for the northwest corridor and greater Perth to reach its potential, Yanchep has to succeed as a major metropolitan centre,’ he said. ‘Good transport-|related infrastructure makes it easier to move around the city.’
Mr Kelly told the Weekender he planned to talk about infrastructure issues raised in a 2013 Reserve Bank of Australia paper at the Yanchep Two Rocks Recreation Association’s volunteers breakfast last weekend.
He said providing rail infrastructure to the suburb would ‘balance out Perth,’ allowing Yanchep to develop as an economic centre with commuters travelling north to work and study, as well as those travelling south.
‘If Perth is to succeed, there must be this gravitational effect,’ he said.
‘You don’t want all of your traffic going towards the city ” it will be gridlock for everybody from Joondalup north for hours.
‘The advantage you have in Yanchep is that it is greenfield ” it is land that has potential stamped all over it.
‘The question is whether Yanchep reaches its potential and delivers its outcomes to metropolitan Perth.
‘(That) depends on the timely delivery of infrastructure.’