Club Capricorn closing for residential subdivision

YANCHEP resort staff have focused on caring for their last guests, finding jobs and refunding bookings in the past month.

Club Capricorn general manager Martin Sisson said since the closure was announced on May 11, his priority had been to find new jobs for staff.

“It was the second biggest employer in Yanchep after Woolworths,” he said.

“We have a total current staff of 29 – we have found roles for nine.

“We have got two people here that have done more than 25 years.

“These people have great ability and many skills and they are transferable, some of those skills.”

Mr Sisson said he had spoken to other businesses in the area, including Yanchep Inn, which would employ four of the staff members.

Originally recruited to refurbish the resort, Mr Sisson said Yanchep Sun City had not been able to secure a long-term lease on the land owned by Capricorn Village Joint Venture.

“The closure is not because of financial difficulties; it’s just deemed a better way to use the land,” he said.

Capricorn estate developers Acumen Development Solutions plan to subdivide the land into residential lots, with parks and a hospitality site.

Principal Jarrod Rendell said they were waiting for the WA Planning Commission to approve the final local structure plan, then the subdivision would be planned in more detail.

Mr Sisson dismissed claims from locals that the area did not need more subdivision.

“If people didn’t want more land built into blocks, they would not be selling them,” he said.

The resort has almost 300 beds, plus 95 caravan sites and 200 camping spaces, and Mr Sisson said visitor numbers had peaked at more than 700.

“We were fully booked for next Easter, we were 80 per cent (booked) for Christmas,” he said.

“All of that money was refunded; all of those people were |called – we tried everybody four times.

“We still have two or three that we haven’t been able to make contact with – we are now emailing them.

“Some people have been coming here for years.

“A lot of people are going to have to find new places to holiday or have conferences.”

With the last guests due to check out on June 21, Mr Sisson said they still had large bookings staying at the resort and using the conference facilities.

Those include a group of 85 people who checked in last Wednesday and a Wesfarmers conference for 90 people.

Mr Sisson said there would be an auction on site on June 27 to sell off the contents and handover would be on July 1.

At the May 25 Two Rocks Yanchep Residents Association meeting, president Peter Wimsett said the resort closure had prompted some residents to protest.