City of Wanneroo: April council meeting in brief

A concept plan for Laguna Fresh Starts in Yanchep.
A concept plan for Laguna Fresh Starts in Yanchep.

PLANS to redevelop the old Yanchep surf life saving club and to reject unsolicited offers from developers to buy land were some of the reports considered by Wanneroo Council in April.

The council approved a public notice on the proposed sub-lease with Westland Corporate, trading as Laguna – Fresh Starts, for the site on Brazier Road at its meeting last month.

Giving a deputation before the meeting, Westland director Brian Cole said the company was excited to redevelop the old surf club and highlight the importance of timing for the cafe and restaurant.

“The redevelopment itself represents the first if not one of the first fulfillments of the master plan for the precinct,” he said.

“As far as our plans are concerned we need to ensure a very tight timeline as far as securing of the lease, development approvals and entire program in order to achieve an outcome that would be good for our tenants who would be a very strong addition to the foreshore.”

Councillor Paul Miles said the report indicated the venue would be up and running by the summer of 2020, and Mr Cole confirmed that was the aim, albeit a tight timeline.

“It can be achieved but only if we move in haste,” he said.

Mr Cole said parking was another issue and asked the City to look at parking arrangements as part of the master plan for Yanchep Lagoon.

In moving the motion, Cr Linda Aitken said the development was “long overdue” and unlike anything in Yanchep.

“The people in Yanchep have been crying out for something like this,” she said.

A council report said feedback on the proposed beach tavern and Yanchep Lagoon master plan had generally been supportive.

Cr Nat Sangalli said she was worried about how the community would accept a project of that scale.

“The feedback has come back – there’s definitely a lot of people who are very supportive of this,” she said.

The public notice period for the sub-lease will close on May 6 – visit .

Unsolicited offers rejected

WANNEROO Council has authorised the chief executive to reject future unsolicited offers to buy the City’s freehold land if they are lower than market value.

An April council report said the City owned 104 properties in fee simple, or freehold.

“From time to time, enquiries are received from the private sector expressing interest in acquiring City-owned freehold property,” it said.

“It is proposed that this authorisation is applied only to offers submitted that are below 90 per cent of a current independent property valuation for the subject property.”

The decision followed rejection of a property developer’s offer to buy 13 Innes Place in Girrawheen last September, which was “substantially below market value”.

Social strategy drafted

WANNEROO Council has endorsed a draft social strategy for public consultation.

Community and place director Debbie Terelinck said the draft strategy had a strong focus under the society theme.

“While we have a number of community-directed plans relate to the society theme, we don’t have an overarching social strategy to ensure that we are meeting ongoing and emerging community needs,” she said.

Ms Terelinck said the strategy would look at how the City delivers the outcomes it hoped to achieve.

In the draft strategy, Mayor Tracey Roberts said the City was committed to “moving from a ‘one size fits all’ approach to a place approach that acknowledges the local uniqueness, diversity and heritage of its communities”.

The strategy recognised opportunities and challenges presented by population growth and increasing diversity of the community.

The draft strategy is out for public comment until May 26 at .

Hainsworth fitness program

A REPORT on the April agenda responded to a 31-signature petition received in December asking the City to reconsider its decision to stop delivering the Hainsworth fitness program.

It said the low cost fitness program started in Girrawheen in 2010.

“There are a range of low cost and free fitness providers or groups operating at the Hainsworth Community Centre or in the local area negating the need for the City to continue to directly deliver a low cost fitness program,” it said.

The report said the City had since consulted petitioners and 13 former program participants had joined other fitness programs, while seven were not participating in anything else.

Activities that run at Hainsworth include self-run fitness groups on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings; Prime Movers dance classes on Monday mornings; and Golden Girls Rhythm Dance on Tuesday mornings.

There is also line dancing and yoga classes on Friday mornings; taekwondo on Saturday afternoons; and badminton on Saturday afternoons, Sundays and Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday evenings.

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