SOME of the most read stories on Yanchep News Online in 2019 were about the Yanchep bushfire with three stories about the December bushfire making the Top 10.
But the story which most resonated with Yanchep News Online readers was Yanchep developer offers land for swimming pool published two days before the local government election on October 19.
In the story developer Yanchep Beach Joint Venture (YBJV) said it was prepared to provide a peppercorn lease so the proposed northern corridor aquatic centre could be located in the Yanchep city centre.
YBJV also said the aquatic centre should be located within a walkable distance of the proposed Yanchep train station.
The first two stories about the Yanchep bushfire on December 11 – Bushfire watch and act for Yanchep and Emergency warning for Yanchep areas were exact repeats of alerts provided by Emergency WA via the Department of Fire and Emergency Services so that Yanchep News Online could get as much factual information out to residents as quickly as possible.
The third bushfire story – Yanchep Service station families thankful to be alive – included a statement from the Vaz families who owned the Yanchep Service Station on Yanchep Beach Rd, which was destroyed early in the bushfire along with a nearby house.
This story published on December 12 also included a picture taken by Yanchep News Online about 5pm the previous day which shows the thick, black smoke of the bushfire heading towards the Yanchep town centre.
Another bushfire story making the Top 10 for the year was Information sought about Yanchep Lagoon bushfire, which started on December 14.
Starting so close to and only a few days after the Yanchep bushfire that potentially threatened more than 20,000 residents in the City of Wanneroo and Shire of Gingin the Yanchep Lagoon bushfire understandably caught the attention of many Yanchep News Online readers.
The next story to make the Top 10 was New owner for Tavern @ The Rocks published on November 15 about the tavern in Two Rocks being bought by ALH Group, which is a subsidiary of Woolworths Group.
One of the managers at Tavern @ The Rocks Fiona Garde said they wanted to create a great family-friendly venue with a variety of daily food specials.
In 2018 the UFC named ALH Group as the official home of UFC in Australia and in July 2019 Woolworths Group announced it was combining its Woolworths drink business and ALH Group to create Endeavour Group.
Next to make the 2019 Top 10 was Whale carcass could bring sharks to Wedge Island after Water Police reported finding a 3m humpback calf whale carcass north of Lancelin on July 3.
Rounding out the Top 10 for the year was the Yanchep rail update due in August, which was published on July 30 to let residents know they could find out more from the project team which would be visiting shopping centres in Butler, Alkimos Beach and Yanchep the following month.