City of Wanneroo plans highlight neighbourhood values

Yanchep Lagoon. Picture: David Baylis www.communitypix.com.au d495093
Yanchep Lagoon. Picture: David Baylis www.communitypix.com.au d495093

ONE neighbourhood wants a friendly, inclusive community that celebrates diversity while another wants a family and pedestrian-friendly community that celebrates the natural environment.

Local area plans for Girrawheen-Koondoola and Yanchep-Two Rocks highlight the different priorities for the neighbourhoods at opposite ends of the City of Wanneroo.

The City has invited feedback until August 25 on plans that were developed with input from more than 2000 local people.

Koondoola Peace Park.

Input for the southern suburbs highlighted strong ties people had with longstanding neighbours, friends and family, and how valued outdoor facilities were while being underused due to a perceived lack of safety in public places.

It suggested people were proud of the area’s multicultural diversity and appreciated job training and small business development opportunities.

In the northern-most suburbs, input highlighted how much residents valued their lifestyles and the coastal environment, including Yanchep Lagoon.

Their wishlists included more beach access points, better path networks, a leisure centre or public pool as well as development of employment and business opportunities.

Mayor Tracey Roberts said the plans highlighted the places and services that were important to local residents and outlined how they would like to see the area progress in future.

Residents value the natural environment and parks in both neighbourhoods.

“The City of Wanneroo spans 684sq km, including market gardens, bushlands, rural, urban and coastal landscapes, and the City’s residents are just as diverse as the geographical areas in which they live,” she said.

“These new plans were developed as a meaningful and practical way to clearly identify the characteristics of Girrawheen and Koondoola, and Yanchep and Two Rocks that are most valued by their individual communities.

“The plans form an integral part of the City’s Place Framework, an approach that guides how unique places across the City will be developed, managed and activated now, and into the future.

“Information in the plans will assist the City to better understand what our community values about their local area, and help ensure that the City and other relevant service providers respond to genuine local priorities.”

One of the plans said Girrawheen’s population would increase by 24 per cent over the next 20 years while Koondoola was grow 39 per cent, with the biggest proportion of increase in the retirement age group.

The other plan said Yanchep’s population would grow by 282 per cent in the same timeframe, and Two Rocks would see a 406 per cent increase.

The biggest proportion of the increase for Two Rocks would seen in young people under working age and in Yanchep it would be in people at retirement age.

View copies of both local area plans at wanneroo.wa.gov.au/yoursay or at the Girrawheen, Yanchep Two Rocks and Wanneroo libraries.