Push for skate park


The Yanchep Skate Plaza group wants a facility similar to Fremantle’s Esplanade Youth Plaza.       d431432
The Yanchep Skate Plaza group wants a facility similar to Fremantle’s Esplanade Youth Plaza.       d431432

The March 1 council meeting agenda included a report on motions presented by electors at the AGM in January.

Councillors noted that the City’s administration staff would submit a bid for the 20 Year Capital Works Budget to undertake a needs and feasibility study for the proposed skate park.

They also noted that engagement with youth and the broader community would play a significant part of development of the proposed facility.

Resident Kim Garbutt moved the motion at the AGM on behalf of Romano Gomes, who founded the Yanchep Skate Plaza group on Facebook, asking for a facility similar to the Esplanade Youth Plaza in Fremantle.

Community and Place director Fiona Hodges provided a written response for the March meetings, saying the City was preparing the 20 Year Capital Works Program for consideration as part of the 2016-17 budget development process.

“The initial planning component of this project (needs, feasibility, concept and cost estimate) has been listed for consideration alongside other projects of a similar nature,” she said.

“Engagement with youth, community groups and the broader community will play a significant part of any development of this nature.”

The council is due to consider adopting the 2016-17 budget in June.

CITY TO CONTINUE TO LOBBY FOR FREEWAY EXTENSION

REGARDING eight other motions from the AGM, Wanneroo council also noted the City would continue to lobby the State Government to extend the Mitchell Freeway to Romeo Road.

It noted a petition received from east Wanneroo landowners regarding the possible future urban use of that area was forwarded to the WA Planning Commission.

Regarding motions by Quinns Rocks Environmental Group, the council noted protecting the character of old Quinns Rocks would be part of investigations into recoding the suburb’s housing precincts.

The council approved administration investigating options to apply relevant policy positions in relation to divesting any investments it might have with links to fossil fuel exploration or production, as part of the policy framework project listed in the Corporate Business Plan.

It noted the climate change adaptation and mitigation strategy, which includes an energy reduction plan, was presented earlier in the March 1 meeting, and would be advertised for public comment.

“Administration will finalise the documents that will form the strategic framework through which the City can effectively deal with environmental issues affecting the City such as canopy cover and vegetation protection,” the council decided.

The decision also noted the City would send statistics relating to the Yanchep District High School catchment area to the Yanchep Education Future group and the mayor would request a meeting with the Education Minister to to advocate for the upgrade and expansion of the school.