CONSTRUCTION is underway on the Yanchep playing fields to create two full-sized sporting ovals.
The City of Wanneroo expects contractor Environmental Industries to finish the first stage of the development in the second half of 2017.
It will include the two multi-use ovals catering for football, little athletics, rugby, soccer and cricket, as well as hard courts for netball and basketball.
There will also be passive recreation areas, pathways, park furniture, a car park and drop-off facilities.
Wanneroo Mayor Tracey Roberts said the $7.35 million project was a major social infrastructure investment.
“Residents of our most northern suburbs have been looking forward to having this active open space for some time now, so it is wonderful that work is now underway,” she said.
“This time next year, local sporting clubs will be using these playing fields.”
The City consulted stakeholders, including Yanchep Little Athletics Club, Yanchep District Junior Football Club and the Yanchep Red Hawks football and cricket clubs, over design of the facilities.
It expects construction of the sports pavilion to begin in February, which will include change rooms, toilets, multi-purpose room, umpire facilities and storage areas.
At last month’s Two Rocks Yanchep Residents Association meeting, councillor Linda Aitken said the City would advertise the tender in October.
Construction of the access road from Marmion Avenue north of Yanchep Beach Road and preparatory groundwork finished earlier this year.
This month’s council meeting agenda included a note in the August financial activity statement that the lease agreement with developer Yanchep Beach Joint Venture (YBJV) had not yet been formalised.
“Does that mean the State funding is at risk for this project?” councillor Dianne Guise asked at last week’s briefing session.
Assets director Harminder Singh said the August statement did not reflect the current situation, and work had already started.
“They have given us right of entry to undertake those works,” he said.
Governance and legal manager Mustafa Yildiz said the lease was waiting final approval by YBJV and the City would soon execute that agreement.
The statement listed $610,000 for land acquisition in Yanchep as one of the factors contributing to the capital works budget increasing by $839,000.