A YANCHEP Lagoon draft plan, BP fuel station update and Two Rocks beach access were topics discussed at this week’s Two Rocks Yanchep Residents Association meeting.
Held a week early due to the Australia Day public holiday, the first meeting of 2019 revisited issues from last year, including progress on the BP convenience store proposal approved by the Metro North-West Development Assessment Panel.
Chairman Alex Figg said as far as the group could tell, the applicant for the BP convenience store on Newman Road in Yanchep had not appealed against the panel’s decision to restrict trading hours.
“I notice there was a BP approved in Clarkson – they are quite advanced with construction,” Mr Figg said.
“There has been no movement at all at Newman Road.”
Joseph Calabro from Pearce MHR Christian Porter’s office said he had written to Environment Minister Melissa Price regarding potential impacts on Carnaby’s black cockatoos at the site, but had not yet received a response.
Wanneroo Deputy Mayor Nat Sangalli, whose family owns a property opposite the site, said she had not been allowed to speak publicly about the proposal prior to the panel decision but had submitted an objection.
TRYRA secretary Lorraine Jackson said the City of Wanneroo released a draft master plan for future development in the Yanchep Lagoon area and planned to present it to the council on March 5.
Ms Jackson said some of the ideas were “really good” and she had been impressed with the way community forums were run last year.
“It was one of the best ones that I’ve ever been to – about 70 people from the community went,” she said.
Resident Peter Stainthorpe said there were parking issues at the lagoon during the “first hot day” with “hundreds of cars parked on every side street”.
However, Cr Sangalli said one of the criticisms raised at the forum was that there was “too much parking” and Ms Jackson said while the parking was needed in summer, in winter there were “big expanses” of empty parking.
While there were suggestions to relocate car parks farther away, Mr Stainthorpe said easy access was important for older people and young parents taking children and swimming gear to the beach.
Two Rocks beach access
Mr Figg said the association was waiting to hear back from the City about the Two Rocks beach access petition, and former chairman Peter Wimsett said the Two Rocks Volunteer Marine Rescue Group had been asked to monitor how many people used the beach south of the marina.
Ms Sangalli said during the marina reference group, solutions to the seaweed issue generated a lot of debate.
“Part of the solution to deal with the seaweed is to expand that southern wall,” she said.
Cr Sangalli said that meant the future of the dog beach was uncertain, so she’d asked for a feasibility study to investigate whether it could shift south as well
Giving the State Government report in his role as Butler MLA John Quigley’s electorate officer, Mr Figg said he’d been advised Transperth bus services would not divert through St Andrew’s estate because of “poor road alignments” and low catchments.
“There aren’t many places to turn around,” he said.
However, he said there were improvements planned, with the 491 bus route extending along Yanchep Beach Road to before Parkland Drive from February.
“Residents of St Andrew’s estate will benefit from a higher frequency of bus services,” he said.
“There will be a lot of changes coming once the rail comes through (to Yanchep) – rail is on track to begin this year.”
Residents also discussed safety concerns at the roundabout on Two Rocks Road near the former Club Capricorn entrance and on the Wanneroo Road dual carriageway, calling for better signage.
Ms Jackson said a resident had also approached her about having a rubbish pick-up event around Beachside Parade and Old Nursery Park, and the group agreed to set a date after summer.
The next meeting will be held at the Y.hub in Yanchep on Monday, February 25 from 7.30pm.