Public to have say on park

Portrait of bride and groom by church
Portrait of bride and groom by church

Elected members unanimously voted to endorse the draft plan at the March 5 meeting, with the concept outlining possible locations of a senior-sized football oval, athletics track and cricket wicket.

It also outlines where the City could build an amenities building, relocate the skate park and provide parking.

‘This is moving forward with the provision of the open space in the Yanchep Two Rocks area,’ Deputy Mayor Laura Gray said.

‘We will deliver an oval faster now than if we were still juggling over open space in Yanchep ” and the Yanchep oval will still happen.’

Cr Norman Hewer said the City was moving ahead, but he would like to see negotiations continue with developers Yanchep Beach Joint Venture to provide two ovals in Yanchep.

Mayor Tracey Roberts said she was pleased to proceed with plans in Two Rocks, but concerned about sport in the community.

‘One of my biggest concerns was to see local clubs having to turn away local youths,’ Mrs Roberts said.

‘It’s a great concern that they may not be able to play sport this season.’

According to the City’s website, consultation with sporting clubs started on February 6, the day after the council decided to cease negotiations for the Yanchep active open space.

‘Administration met with available clubs on Wednesday, February 6, to discuss the outcome of the council’s resolution, and met with clubs again on Tuesday, February 12, to look at oval layout options,’ it said.

‘On Thursday, February 28, City officers met with representatives of the Two Rocks Yanchep Residents Association and Yanchep Two Rocks Recreation Association to discuss the plan.’

It said the City had also contacted state sporting agencies, and the Department of Sport and Recreation to discuss options for funding provided for the Yanchep proposal.

Elected members decided to relinquish that funding ” almost $1 million received in January ” and apply instead for out-of-turn funds through the Community Sporting and Recreation Facility Fund.

At the residents’ association meeting on February 25, Cr Gray said one of the advantages of Charnwood Park was that it already had a licence for reticulation.

The draft concept plan can be seen at www.wanneroo.wa.gov.au.