Yanchep Lagoon draft plan out for public consultation

Brazier Road at Yanchep Lagoon. Picture: Martin Kennealey d491275
Brazier Road at Yanchep Lagoon. Picture: Martin Kennealey d491275

WANNEROO Council has endorsed a master plan for Yanchep Lagoon for public consultation and knocked back an offer for the old surf life saving club.

The plan has gone out for a six-week public comment period following the council’s endorsement on March 5 and covers the lagoon and surrounding areas, including the Mary Lindsay Homestead and Fisherman’s Hollow.

Placemaking consultants RobertsDay developed the plan following extensive community consultation last year, including digital engagement and forums with a wide range of stakeholders and local community representatives.

Mayor Tracey Roberts said four key priorities for the area’s future became clear throughout the forum: keep it special, keep it natural, keep it local and keep it simple.

“Yanchep Lagoon is a very special part of the City of Wanneroo,” she said.

An artist’s impression of how the old Yanchep surf club could be redeveloped.

“This master plan puts forward a combined community vision for the area that carefully considers the environment and ensures its unique natural beauty is retained and protected.

“The draft master plan has so many fantastic ideas and exciting elements such as carefully considered dune walking trails, improved beach access, a lookout jetty, large grassed areas with shelter and BBQ facilities, coastal boardwalks and pop-up cafés, markets and retail spaces.”

A key element of the Master Plan is to enhance the unique natural features of the area and protect visitors from the weather conditions that the site experiences.

Councillors Nat Sangalli and Sonet Coetzee declared interests at the March 5 meeting for their properties close to the lagoon.

Cr Linda Aitken said the strategic review resulted from a September 2016 decision to reject 38 lease submissions for the existing kiosk.

“There has been incredibly good community consultation,” she said.

Mrs Roberts said the consultation showed how proud people were of their local area and how much they loved it and wanted to preserve it.

“This will be done with sensitivity and will continue to be a special place within the City,” she said.

The old Yanchep surf life saving club.

A confidential recommendation to approve a sub-lease for the surf club site and demolish the existing building was lost at the March 5 meeting.

The draft master plan identified the site as part of ‘the settlement’ precinct, which was described as “Yanchep’s social heart”.

It recommended redeveloping it with a “low-impact structure, home to a casual and family-friendly bar, kiosk and function space” where “activity spills out from the building into the surrounding landscape with live music and events”.

The public comment period for the draft master plan will close on April 19 – visit wanneroo.wa.gov.au/yancheplagoon.

The City is also preparing a foreshore management plan, which would allow the first stages of development, subject to State Government approval.