Wanneroo Council rejects boat parking for Mindarie

A boat storage facility was proposed for the Mindarie marina car park. Picture: Martin Kennealey d491742
A boat storage facility was proposed for the Mindarie marina car park. Picture: Martin Kennealey d491742

WANNEROO Council has rejected a bid to create secure parking for boats in Mindarie after debating whether it was defined as a storage yard.

The council unanimously resolved to reject the application by FJM Property on behalf of marina landowner Sanctus Nominees at its May 7 meeting.

The proposal included modifying part of the existing carpark to install fencing, landscaping and CCTV where people could park boats and trailers for extended periods.

The original application for a boat storage facility was withdrawn last year.

The application to change parking arrangements was submitted last September and went out for two rounds of public consultation.

Discussion at the briefing session and meeting centred on whether the proposal should be defined as parking or storage, with the latter not permitted.

The proposed boat storage plan.

A council report said it was a carpark use that provided secure parking for 27 boats and trailers, but councillors disagreed.

“It’s effectively creating a storage yard within a carpark,” Cr Paul Miles said.

Mayor Tracey Roberts, who moved an alternative to the staff recommendation for approval, said a storage yard could not be approved.

“The subject area will be fenced and as a result of that, boats and trailers will be stored in the area; this changes the primary purpose of the site,” she said.

Concerns raised during public consultation and debate related to the existing parking shortfall, particularly during events at the marina, and the impact on amenity for nearby residents.