Residents meeting revolves around cycle track and roundabout safety

Yanchep active open space.
Yanchep active open space.

A CYCLING track proposal and roundabout safety were among the issues discussed at this week’s Two Rocks Yanchep Residents Association meeting.

Northern Beaches Cycling Club president Chris Howard was a guest speaker at the March 25 meeting, seeking the association’s support for a proposed cycle track around Yanchep’s playing fields.

“We are looking to optimise the facility at what is now called Splendid Park,” Dr Howard said.

“There are no dedicated cycling facilities anywhere in the northern suburbs – this would be an accessible facility for our juniors to train.”

Dr Howard said the proposed 1.5km cycling track would run where the existing path was around the ovals and would be between 3.6m and 5.6m wide, slower riders using the inner 1m and faster people using the outer lane.

Expected to cost about $612,000, the track would also be accessible for wheelchair sports, with all riders travelling in one direction.

Northern Beaches Cycling Club’s proposed cycle track at Splendid Park in Yanchep.

Dr Howard said the club was seeking support from schools and community groups so it could present the idea to the Wanneroo Council.

Asked about where the track crosses the car park access, Dr Howard said road marshals could direct traffic when cycling events were on.

TRYRA secretary Lorraine Jackson asked about the risk of dogs and bike riders clashing on the path, and possible solutions suggested fencing to separate the bike track from the pedestrian path or an enclosed dog run.

Councillor Sonet Coetzee said the City had been working with Dr Howard on establishing bike facilities and this proposal would go out for public consultation before any changes took place.

The City of Wanneroo recently held workshops on the design of a skate park planned at Splendid Park, and Cr Coetzee said construction of the facility should be finished next year.

A tribute on Two Rocks Road.

Residents concerned about road safety at roundabout

Discussion turned to the March 5 fatal crash at the Two Rocks Road roundabout near the former Club Capricorn site, when a 25-year-old male passenger in a silver Mitsubishi magna travelling south died when the car rolled over.

The group received correspondence from Wanneroo Deputy Mayor Nat Sangalli saying the council was not able to comment on the fatal crash the due to the ongoing police investigation.

Resident Ed Whitchurch said concerns about the roundabout were raised when it was being built in mid-2016, and a developer had told the group that the road level would be raised about 1m.

However, he and Peter Wimsett said they believed the sewers had been lowered instead, leaving a steep rise north of the roundabout.

Residents discussed the extra, temporary signs and floodlights near the roundabout, particularly on the southbound approach.

Temporary floodlights are being used to illuminate the Two Rocks Road roundabout.

Mr Whitchurch said the road layout was “not intuitive” and “does not go in the direction we expect it to”.

“They put in that arrow sign since the accident saying ‘traffic hazard’,” he said.

President Alex Figg said the association should encourage the City to apply for federal and state black spot funding for Two Rocks Road given recent fatalities.

Mr Figg suggested rumble strips could be a quick solution, and Mr Whitchurch said they should be an interim measure not “a final solution”.

Resident Kerry Deturt asked if a request could be made to prune trees on Yanchep Beach Road near Wilkie Park as they created a “blind spot” for cars approaching that roundabout.

Residents discussed the bus stop upgrades on Two Rocks Road near Bethanie Beachside, raising concerns that there were not yet paths to the hardstands, limiting their accessibility.

“It’s a dangerous place to put it,” resident Peter Wimsett said.

Cr Coetzee said she’d asked the City to include the footpath in the budget this year.

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Ms Jackson gave an update on the water tank mural project, and said she had met with one artist and had meetings lined up with two others in April.

The association also discussed a request that surf life saving patrols extend to the late afternoons as that was a prime time for people to visit Yanchep Lagoon.

Ms Jackson said she’d also received advice from the City of Wanneroo that it would not install dog poo bag dispensers along Brazier Road as that would conflict with the ‘no dogs’ signs for the beach and create confusion.

She said the association wanted bags for people walking dogs on the footpath, not the beach and asked Cr Coetzee to request them again.

Butler MLA John Quigley and Wanneroo MLA Sabine Winton.

Giving the State Government report, Mr Figg said recent announcements included the Mitchell Freeway extension to Romeo Road and upgrades to Wanneroo Road, as well as the opening of a stroke unit at Joondalup Health Campus.

The electorate officer for Butler MLA John Quigley said the State Government was doing an inquiry into wage theft and had criminalised revenge porn.

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