Residents keen for Wanneroo town centre street improvements

Yvonne Thomkins of Wanneroo is among the residents who think parking in the Wanneroo town centre needs improvement. Picture: Anita McInnes

THREE of the top four projects outlined in the City of Wanneroo’s recently adopted Wanneroo local area plan involve the town centre while the fourth involves investigating future needs for youth.

The top project in the Wanneroo local area plan, which outlines a series of actions to be taken by the city over the next four years to enhance the area, includes redesigning streetscapes.

A summary of residents’ key themes and priorities for the Wanneroo town centre provided during community consultation for the Wanneroo local area plan (WLAP) said the presentation of the town centre was seen by respondents as lacking and in need of attention to improve the social amenity and local economy.

“Suggestions for the revitalisation of the town centre include pedestrian friendly and activated spaces for informal gatherings and small events, improving streetscapes and the introduction of more outdoor café spaces to create a relaxed and engaging atmosphere,’’ the WLAP said.

“The redevelopment of the existing carpark on the corner of Rocca Way and Yagan Place is supported with the aim of creating a piazza style public space.

“The town centre is disjointed and difficult to travel through, with some of the older areas being in need of redevelopment or improvement – in particular the poor condition of the carpark area at Rocca Way, adjacent to the post office.’’

On Wednesday, January 13 Yvonne Thomkins, who has been a Wanneroo resident since 1983, said the Wanneroo town centre needed one-way angle parking.

“Because if I go to the Post Office you can’t pull in at ease – it’s too congested and you can’t get out,’’ she said.

Residents say the Wanneroo town centre is disjointed and difficult to travel through. Picture: Anita McInnes

The WLAP summary of residents’ comments said better delineation of parking, roadways and pedestrian access was required, as was improvements to the pedestrian access and connection from Bert Togno Park to Yagan Pl.

“Positioning the Wanneroo Library and Cultural Centre as a civic heart that acts as a hub for welcoming and attracting diverse communities is supported, along with additional heritage interpretation that celebrates local stories.’’

The second top project will involve the city working with local businesses to activate the town centre with events, business initiatives and amenity improvements.

The third project is finalising the Wanneroo town centre activity centre structure plan by April 2021.

The WLAP said a preliminary assessment had been undertaken in 2019-20 in relation to the fourth project, which was to investigate future needs for youth.

A current project to investigate service delivery models for libraries and community hubs, which rounded out the top five in the WLAP, will also be implanted during the next four years.

Mayor Tracey Roberts said the Wanneroo local area plan was the latest step in the city’s ‘place approach’.

“Our approach acknowledges the distinctiveness, diversity and heritage of local places and people. “The plan identifies the community’s priorities and ensures the city is ready to meet the needs of local residents and businesses.

“It is the third of its kind, following the adoption of similar documents for Girrawheen-Koondoola and Yanchep-Two Rocks.

“The plan envisions a friendly community with a small-town feel, where people enjoy the beauty of the natural environment.

“Facilities such as our Wanneroo Regional Museum and Community History Centre connect us to a rich and diverse history, including local Aboriginal culture.”

The Wanneroo local area comprises about 660ha of land, including the Wanneroo town centre.

Community engagement during formation of the local area plan included workshops with residents.

The city said more than 600 submissions were received through surveys, interviews and via the it’s Your Say online engagement portal.

For more information go to the Wanneroo local area plan