Concerned Yanchep resident speaks over Club Capricorn closure

Questions have been asked over Club Capricorn’s closure.        d437729
Questions have been asked over Club Capricorn’s closure.        d437729

YANCHEP resident Clare Sharp took her concerns about the upcoming Club Capricorn closure to the City of Wanneroo.

Ms Sharp submitted written questions to the council for its May 26 meeting, saying the City should have done more to prevent the closure.

“As a small business owner I use the facilities at Club Capricorn for festivals and workshops,” she said.

“In addition to this, my clients come from all over WA and stay at the resort.

“I thought the City of Wanneroo would have done more to stop the closure and liaise with the landowners on behalf of the public.

“What is the council’s opinion with regard to the shortage of coastal camping resorts with the closure of Club Capricorn Resort in Yanchep, which will greatly affect tourism in the area?

“Why is a local amenity changing without public consultation?”

City planning and sustainability director Philip St John said the council was aware of the need to maintain a diverse local economy and saw tourism development as a component of that.

“In this regard, the approved local structure plan (No 44) for Capricorn Coastal Village includes a precinct identified for hotel and tourism development,” he said.

“The City is also actively seeking to redevelop its caravan park at Quinns Rocks to ultimately provide serviced sites for caravans, campervans, RVs and a limited number of park homes for short stay visitors.

“The City is also planning to hold a tourism land use study to identify the most appropriate locations and associated tourism activities in the City in the second half of this year.”