WARM weather saw people flock to Yanchep Lagoon the weekend the realigned Brazier Road reopened.
The City of Wanneroo reopened the road on November 7, after the stage two works finished ahead of schedule.
Yanchep Surf Life Saving Club president John Heesters said volunteer lifesavers rescued two children who tried to swim to the reef during their second patrol of the season on November 9.
‘That was a really unusually hot day ” we don’t normally get such a hot day in November,’ he said.
Mr Heesters said although the volunteers stayed on the beach a little longer than rostered, there was a ‘shortfall’ in patrols.
‘Our guys had to pack up and leave,’ he said.
‘Normally we hand over to paid lifeguards (but) they don’t start until December.’
The volunteers patrol the lagoon between 8am and noon on Sundays, while the paid lifeguards will patrol it on Saturdays and Sunday afternoons from December.
Mr Heesters said they were concerned several signs had been removed from the area, including one on the boom gate at the surf club access road.
Wanneroo Mayor Tracey Roberts said the City and contractor had worked to deliver the $4.7 million upgrade ahead of the planned December reopening, while developers planned to open the link to Capricorn Esplanade last .
‘Traffic will be able to travel from Wilkie Avenue south of Yanchep Lagoon to Beachhaven Drive opposite the Mary Lindsay Homestead,’ she said.
‘The works to realign and match levels of Brazier Road was a significant task that will greatly benefit the growing community.’
Works included building a roundabout, single lane carriageway, parallel parking bays, street lighting and dual use path. A statement from the City said the existing temporary car park north of the Yanchep Kiosk, will be accessible from the roundabout at Brazier Road and Capricorn Esplanade.
It said that would remain as temporary parking until construction of the proposed Yanchep Surf Life Saving Club starts in 2015-16, and permanent car parking and beach access would form part of those works.