Residents push for long-awaited park in Yanchep Golf Estate

 Residents at the vacant Linksman Street park site
Residents at the vacant Linksman park site
An aerial view of the park site.
Residents at the vacant Linksman Street park site Residents at the vacant Linksman park site An aerial view of the park site.

YANCHEP residents have called for work to start at a local park, with a developer promising to do so later this year.

Residents of Yanchep Golf Estate gathered at the site of a future park on Linksman Street on January 22 to voice their concerns about the time taken to develop the park.

Alicia Liron said the gathering responded to a “share the love” competition run by developer Peet Ltd asking for residents to post pictures of what they loved about the estate by January 31.

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“Amongst many issues that have occurred with the development of the estate, which seems to have come to a sudden halt with no concrete answers, residents are not impressed with this competition,” she said.

“It is filled with broken promises of what the estate was going to look and feel like.”

Miss Liron said they met at the park site on January 22 to highlight its current state as “large vacant, weed-infested land”.

Peet managing director and chief executive Brendan Gore said it was one of 20 parks planned within the estate, with two completed already.

An artist’s impression of the Linksman Street park.

“The Linksman Street park will be the next to be constructed,” he said.

“It is proposed to include a grassed kick-about area, barbecue facilities, picnic tables and a number of different play elements for younger children.

“The design of the park is complete and the approvals process is underway, which means we should be able to start construction later this year. We hoped to start construction before Christmas last year; unfortunately, there were delays to our schedule.

“The upside to that was that we were able to spend a bit more time on the design, which we believe our younger residents in particular will really enjoy.”

Some residents have been going elsewhere to use parks.

“It’s very frustrating that we have to take our three-year-old grandson to Jindowie, Amberton or Allara for a good park,” Clare Hetherington said.

Having lived in the estate for three years, Beryl Voss said she was told at a meeting at Yanchep Inn last year the park would be built by Christmas.

“We are still waiting for a decent park in the estate,” she said.

“We had our grandchildren up on the weekend and had to take them to other estates to play in their beautiful parks.

“This estate has gone backwards. When we first moved in the verges had plants but as they have died, they never got replaced.”

Mrs Voss said there should be more awareness about residents’ responsibilities to look after verges outside their homes.

Mr Gore said each park in the estate had distinct features, with some built for active recreation and others “quiet green pocket parks”.

“We’re keen to deliver the latest park as soon as possible and build on what has been a successful start,” he said.

“Last year, Yanchep Golf Estate’s Victory Park and Entry Pocket Park jointly won the parks and open space landscape architecture award from the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects WA.

“Residents are also encouraged to make the most of the massive Yanchep National Park that’s right on their doorstep.”