Wanneroo Council approves Capricorn Yanchep foreshore management plan

Wanneroo Council approved the Capricorn Yanchep Foreshore Management Plan.
Wanneroo Council approved the Capricorn Yanchep Foreshore Management Plan.

A YANCHEP foreshore management plan will guide the development and conservation of a 23.8ha parcel of land beside the former Club Capricorn resort site.

Wanneroo Council recently approved the draft Capricorn Yanchep Foreshore Management Plan and sent a copy to the WA Planning Commission for its information.

The plan, submitted by Strategen on behalf of landowner Capricorn Village Joint Venture in March 2017, aims to protect the environment while allowing development of recreational facilities and beach access along the 1.3km stretch of the foreshore.

It is part of the Capricorn Yanchep estate, where about 1400 lots have been created out of an expected 2500 dwellings.

The development also includes a primary school, shopping precinct, tourism accommodation facility and retirement village.

According to a September council meeting report, the plan’s objectives include retaining vegetation of high environmental value and managing places of environmental and heritage significance.

It said the plan included a coastal node with two beach access ways on existing tracks, provision of shaded rest areas, picnic settings, seating, signage, barbecues, a drink fountain, outdoor showers, lights and concrete and rock sea stack structures.

It will also have a beach-themed play area, toilet and change room facilities, plants to stabilise the dunes and provide shade, and two car parks – one with 34 bays and another with 74 bays.

The plan includes a foreshore path, conservation fencing and lookout structures.

The report said the plan had to meet coastal hazard risk management requirements to minimise the risk of damage from coastal erosion, with the sea level predicted to rise by 0.9m by 2110.

The Capricorn Yanchep Foreshore Management Plan will guide conservation and development in the coastal node beside the former Club Capricorn site.

“All significant public assets and private properties will be located outside of the 100-year coastal processes line,” it said.

“Minor structures will be located outside the 50-year coastal vulnerability line.

“Administration is also cognisant of the projected impact coastal erosion and inundation may have on the Wanneroo coastline.

“More expensive assets such as car parks should be located in areas where they are not going to be potentially impacted by coastal processes before the end of the asset’s natural lifespan.

“A car park has an estimated lifespan of 50 years and therefore the car park has been located behind the 50-year coastal processes setback line.”

It said the developer Acumen Development Solutions held a community information session in October 2017, which 22 people attended, and the City was not required to advertise the plan for public consultation.

While much of the site is classed Bush Forever, Bamford Consulting Ecologists found few fauna species of conservation significance in the area.