City cracks down at site

Humiliated by being suspected of wanting to do a runner at the petrol station.
Humiliated by being suspected of wanting to do a runner at the petrol station.

A PETROL station site at Ocean Reef Shopping Centre that has not operated for 12 years is still raising concerns from nearby residents.

The Times received a letter last month, from a resident who wishes not to be named, saying the site at the corner of Marina Boulevard and Venturi Drive was being used as a parking facility for heavy machinery and large trucks, including overnight.

‘The machinery is blocking shopping centre traffic from traversing the shopping centre carparks,’ the letter said.

‘The area is used for short-term parking for parents dropping kids to the school opposite.’

Joondalup Mayor Troy Pickard said the City received a complaint in January about commercial vehicles parked on the property and it being used by parents and caregivers of students at Ocean Reef Primary School.

‘The City wrote to the landowners via their property manager requesting these unauthorised uses cease immediately,’ Mr Pickard said.

‘No-parking signs have since been placed at the service station forecourt area and the site will soon be fenced off. Further action will be taken by the City should the unauthorised parking issues continue.’

Mr Pickard said the City met with the shopping centre owners last year over concerns about the condition of the site and ‘encouraged them to actively pursue its redevelopment’.

‘The City is currently in talks with the landowner of the site to help facilitate the rejuvenation of the centre,’ he said. ‘It is hoped this will happen soon.’

He said the site was not known for antisocial behaviour but encouraged residents to report any incidents to the police on 131 444 or City Watch on 1300 655 860.

This latest complaint follows a report in the Times‘ sister paper, the Weekender, last June when a local worker found paving bricks from his workplace had been barrowed over the road to the disused petrol station.

He said the site was ‘a meeting place-cum-hangout for idle teenagers’ and was ‘the ideal clubhouse site for hanging out’.

A spokeswoman for the shopping centre’s managing agents said discussions with Mr Pickard and the owners resulted in ‘significant progress’ towards improvements.