YANCHEP’S business and research hub hosted its first residents’ meeting this week, with a community group planning to make the facility its bi-monthly base.
The Two Rocks Yanchep Residents Association (TRYRA) held its April 23 meeting at the Y.hub on Yanchep Beach Road and members resolved to shift the Yanchep meetings to the venue, with the next one there planned for June 25.
The group alternates venues between Two Rocks and Yanchep for its meetings on the fourth Monday of each month, and the May 28 meeting will be at the Phil Renkin Recreation Centre.
Late last year, developer Yanchep Beach Joint Venture (YBJV) appointed Paul Leone manager of the Yanchep Research Innovation and Entrepreneurial Centre, known as Y.hub.
“The Y.hub is a $15 million project, with $5 million of programs to be implemented over the coming years,” chief executive Gin Wah Ang said.
“This represents a fantastic opportunity for businesses and entrepreneurs in the north metropolitan area to develop additional skills and capacity, in order to capture the future growth opportunities anticipated for the region.
“It is great to welcome Paul as part of our economic development team that will help shape the direction of the future Yanchep CBD.”
Mr Leone, who grew up in the City of Wanneroo, said innovation and job creation were important for the region.
“Start-ups and small-to-medium enterprise rely on business incubators like the Y.hub to ensure they can compete within the emerging sectors of our economy,” he said.
“The Y.hub forms a key component of YBJV’s Yanchep Project, with a principal target of more than 50,000 local jobs at 75 per cent local employment self-sufficiency.
“These objectives are necessary to ensure sustainable population growth along the northern corridor.
“There needs to be change – we can’t just keep building residential developments.”
TRYRA president Peter Wimsett said young people were having to travel outside the region to find work and that situation needed to change.
“We need to get some jobs up here,” he said.
The Y.hub has a co-working space and supports the Yanchep/Two Rocks Business Network, as well as operating a registered training organisation, Yanchep Institute.
The developer also leases parts of the facility to the City of Wanneroo and the UWA-backed Honey Bee Cooperative Research Centre.
For more information, call Paul Leone on 0420 563 397 or email firstname.lastname@example.org .