PLANS for a fourth fuel station in Yanchep dominated discussion at this month’s Two Rocks Yanchep Residents Association.
TRYRA members raised concerns about BP’s proposed $2 million convenience store on the corner of Newman Road and Yanchep Beach Road at the October 22 meeting at the Y.hub.
Nathan Cera from Pearce MHR Christian Porter’s office said the Federal MP had written to Wanneroo Mayor Tracey Roberts on behalf of residents.
“Given the strong community opposition to the proposed service station (…) I believe that the proposed service station at 11 Yanchep Beach Road should not receive planning approval and an alternative location should be pursued,” Mr Porter said.
Wanneroo councillor Linda Aitken said the City’s administration would collate all the information, including public submissions, and make a recommendation to the Metro North-West Development Assessment Panel.
Cr Aitken said the council itself would not make a decision although two councillors represented it on the panel, along with three specialist members.
“It side-steps a council meeting,” she said.
Resident Warrick Palmateer said he wanted to know what the City would recommend and was told the panel would make the decision when it considered the application.
The association’s vice-chairwoman Debbie Lanario said the committee planned to give a presentation at the panel meeting and had been told the City received an extension to November 8 to prepare its report.
A meeting date is yet to be set, and the agendas for panel meetings are usually posted online about a week before a meeting.
Asked about the 467-signature petition opposing the BP development, Cr Aitken said it would be incorporated into the City’s report.
Alex Figg from Butler MLA John Quigley’s office said the State MP had written to the Planning Minister about concerns with the panels.
“Development assessment panels are being used to circumvent councils and the community,” Mr Figg said.
Residents asked whether anyone could appeal the panel decision.
Under current legislation, the applicant can appeal a refusal or conditions through the State Administrative Tribunal, but there are no third party rights of review for other parties.
In most metropolitan areas, apart from the City of Perth, developments valued at $10 million or more must go to a development assessment panel.
Applicants can opt in to have a panel consider those valued between $2 million and $10 million rather than a council.
Murals for Yanchep’s water tanks
TRYRA secretary Lorraine Jackson provided an update on the water tank mural project the October meeting.
“It’s going to be a long-term project,” she said.
“It’s going to take a lot of money and a lot of time.
“It’s going to be a wonderful thing for the area.”
The group discussed the recently completed silo trail project and approaching FORM to be involved in the Yanchep project to decorate Water Corporation’s tanks east of Marmion Avenue.
As the association only had “$700 in the bank”, Ms Jackson said it would apply for grants and planned to get schools involved, but it could take three years to complete.
“There seems to be a lot of excitement in the community about it,” she said.
Ms Jackson said the design needed to reflect the area and it could boost tourism in Yanchep.
Two Rocks beach access
TRYRA members also discussed a 700-signature petition for beach access in Two Rocks at their October meeting.
The group received correspondence from Atlantis Beach estate developer Acumen Development Solutions, which included a concept plan for access off Two Rocks Road.
The proposal included creating an access road between Blaxland Avenue and Whitfield Drive to a parking area with 30 parking bays in the foreshore dunes.
Secretary Lorraine Jackson said the developer had asked the City of Wanneroo to work on the plans, which would require council approval.
Smoking at Splendid Park
TRYRA members raised concerns about people smoking at the Yanchep playing fields, which is now called Splendid Park.
Secretary Lorraine Jackson said the health impact of smoke on children and littering of cigarette butts were issues.
Wanneroo councillor Linda Aitken said clubs should work with their State sporting associations to bring in guidelines for members.
Cr Aitken said people could sign up to be litter reporters with the Keep Australia Beautiful WA, which can fine people $200 for littering.
THE Yanchep Two Rocks Lions Club will be selling Christmas cakes at TRYRA’s next meeting.
The November 26 at the Y.hub on Yanchep Beach Road will also be the association’s AGM, with elections for the chair and treasurer’s positions.
Outgoing chairman Peter Wimsett will step down from the role after eight years and nominations for either position are due 21 days prior to the meeting.
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