PLANS to redevelop Two Rocks Marina with an entertainment hub and maritime industry hub garnered support from Wanneroo Council on August 27.
The long-term redevelopment draft master plan to improve the facility also proposes creating a swimming beach, ocean pool and eight-lane boat ramp.
Development would be staged, with the focus on maintaining a working harbour, tourism hub and community facilities, including a waterfront park.
Councillors unanimously voted in favour of a recommendation to support the plan, subject to it getting environmental, heritage and other approvals and encouraged the Transport Department to continue working with the community.
Five elected members made declarations of impartiality interests, saying they would consider the matter on its merits, including four involved in Sun City Yacht Club – Mayor Tracey Roberts, councillors Sonet Coetzee, Linda Aitken and Paul Miles.
Mrs Roberts and Cr Natalie Sangalli also declared impartiality interests because they were part of the Two Rocks Marina redevelopment reference group that had input on the master plan.
“As the chairperson of the group, it was really good to see local community members involved,” Mrs Roberts said.
“Local knowledge is so valuable. They were incredibly involved and very vocal.”
A yacht club committee member, Cr Coetzee said she was excited to see the plan proposed making a new area for the sailing club.
Crs Aitken and Miles raised concerns that it was an “aspirational” (sic) plan without commitment from the State Government, and Mrs Roberts said the City and residents could advocate for it to bring forward redevelopment.
Cr Miles, a former Liberal MP, said recent upgrades resulted from the previous State Government taking back control of the marina after 40 years under private management.
He said the “aspirational” goals could be “overstretching” and cost up to $800 million, which would require private and government investment.
Public consultation on the plan closed in mid-August.