Beach access plan out for public comment

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TWO Rocks residents have a week left to have their say on a proposed beach access track.

The City of Wanneroo has invited feedback until September 3 on plans to build a limestone track and car park off Two Rocks Road.

The track could prove formal access to a potential swimming beach and an extended dog beach, which currently lies farther north near Leeman’s Landing.

Atlantis Beach estate developer Acumen Development Solutions submitted a 681-signature petition showing residents’ support for a beach access track near Blaxland Avenue to the council in September 2018.

In July, the council decided to build a track based on a feasibility study by Emerge Associates, which recommended a different alignment for the track to the one suggested by the developer to avoid steep dunes.

Two Rocks beach access route options.

While Acumen estimated it would cost about $230,000 to $260,000 to build, Emerge estimated it could cost from $410,000 to $470,000.

At the Two Rocks Yanchep Residents Association’s August 26 meeting, Deputy Mayor Nat Sangalli said council endorsed a track location that started opposite 87 Two Rocks Road, rather than the developer’s suggestion opposite house number 103 or an alternative opposite Whitfield Park.

The proposed trajectory through the dunes for the City’s preferred track location.

The council’s preferred option was expected to cost about $410,000, provided the shortest route with less undulation through the dunes and was considered the safest for traffic.

Cr Sangalli told residents Surf Life Saving WA’s assessment of all beaches in the City several years ago had identified it as a safe beach.

She said the City was also looking at possibly extending the dog beach to the northern part of the proposed car park, which would give dogs a 1km exercise area.

Before work can start, the City will have to do a spring survey as well as fire level, indigenous heritage and coastal risk assessments, then detailed design and foreshore management plan, and get a clearing permit.

The council last month also agreed to consider allocating $196,000 in the 2020-21 budget to build the beach access track and car park.

Visit www.wanneroo.wa.gov.au to make a submission.

The City’s preferred location would have a 380m track.