Tamala Park Conservation Reserve foreshore path comeback on the cards


Tamala Park Conservation Reserve. Picture: Martin Kennealey          d439573
Tamala Park Conservation Reserve. Picture: Martin Kennealey        d439573

A FORESHORE path for Tamala Park Conservation Reserve could be back on the discussion table after a State Government department reviewed its opposition.

Local advocates, including the cities of Wanneroo and Joondalup, for a dual use path that would link Burns Beach and Mindarie met an obstacle last year when the Department of Planning said the path should run alongside Marmion Avenue rather than the coast.

At the time, a department spokeswoman said studies recommended the dual-use path be in the road reserve to avoid environmental impact on the 91ha coastal reserve.

But Ocean Reef MLA Albert Jacob, who is also the Environment Minister, wrote to Planning Minister John Day asking for a review of that decision.

“The departments of Planning and Parks and Wildlife have further reviewed the issue and are now supportive of a path alignment through the reserve,” Mr Jacob said.

“They have also suggested the possibility of a second walk trail through the primary dune system to take advantage of the magnificent ocean views.

“It removes the main roadblocks; it brings everybody back to the table.

“Now it’s going to come down to an agreement between the two cities and the State Government.

“It still needs to go through the approvals process.”

Mr Jacob said the proposed path was the missing link in Perth’s coastal path network, and would promote outdoor activity.

“I would love nothing more than to ride the bike up with the kids to have fish and chips up at Jindalee,” he said.

The MP said the next challenge would be working with Burns Beach Estate developer Peet Limited, which owned the section of land in north Burns Beach.

He said a land transfer was needed for the foreshore stretch, which would happen when Peet developed that section of the estate.

“They are telling us it’s five years away,” he said.

“The next step is either they can prefund it or we can come to an agreement.”

Peet managing director and chief executive Brendan Gore said the company was undertaking the progressive rehabilitation of the natural foreshore at Burns Beach Estate.

“Thirty per cent of the total Burns Beach foreshore, running from old Burns Beach and 100m north to Foreshore Park, has been successfully rehabilitated and handed over to the City of Joondalup for its ongoing management,” he said.

“The works carried out by Peet have included building a dual use path, which runs along the foreshore.

“A further 20 per cent of the Burns Beach foreshore has also recently undergone rehabilitation works.”

Mr Gore said they would build a boardwalk down to the beach and a further 100m of dual use path in the next year.

“This stretch of foreshore runs immediately to the north of rehabilitated coastal area now under the City’s control,” he said.

“The path is being built progressively as the foreshore is rehabilitated in stages.

“The remaining foreshore at Burns Beach Estate will be rehabilitated over the next five to 10 years.”