Resident concerned about lack of progress on Quinns Rocks caravan park redevelopment

Doug Croker has reiterated concerns he raised a year ago about the lack of progress for the Quinns Rocks caravan park redevelopment.
Doug Croker has reiterated concerns he raised a year ago about the lack of progress for the Quinns Rocks caravan park redevelopment.

A WANNEROO ratepayer raised concerns about the rate of progress of the Quinns Rocks caravan park redevelopment at a recent council meeting.

Butler resident Douglas Croker used public question time at the Wanneroo Council meeting on November 13 to ask about the progress of the caravan park redevelopment.

“It’s a bit of a sense of déjà vu – I was standing in the same place last year about the same time,” he said.

“Given council has called for public submissions, it would appear that no progress has been made.

“Can you explain why there’s been no progress in the past 10 years?”

Mr Croker referred to a council decision in November 2012, when it resolved to operate the site as a caravan park and form a working group to action that development.

“We’ve forgone income for this property for six years now,” he said.

Acting corporate strategy and performance director David Nicholson said the council had been considering it proactively and “working towards resolving this for quite some time”.

Mr Nicholson said the foreshore site off Quinns Road was an important piece of land.

“We want to make sure we get this right,” he said.

“It’s taking such a long time because it’s such an important issue.”

Mr Nicholson said in the past year the City has progressed with the business case, which would investigate technical and financial feasibility of the site’s development potential as well as environmental considerations.

He said it took into account technical studies done since the park closed in 2014, including a 2015 environmental assessment and Cardno’s Coastal Hazard Risk and Adaption Plan finalised this year.

The City has extended the deadline for submissions from November 16 to December 21 and will hold a panel workshop on December 18.

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