Two Rocks land swap under consideration

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RAAFA no longer wants to develop public open space east of the King Neptune statue. Picture: Anita McInnes

THE Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage has received a request from RAAFA to swap public open space east of the King Neptune statue for public open space near the Lisford Ave and Sovereign Dr intersection.

A Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage (DPLH) spokeswoman said RAAFA was seeking to exchange a portion of Lot 701 Azzurra St, Two Rocks, which is Crown land, for a portion of the adjoining Lot 700 Enterprise Ave, owned by RAAFA.

“The department will consider the request and take into account the most optimal use of the land and any land use planning implications,’’ she said.

On May 19 RAAFA chief executive officer John Murray confirmed they wanted to have public open space near the Lisford Ave and Sovereign Dr intersection instead of east of King Neptune.

At that time Mr Murray said discussions between RAAFA and the City of Wanneroo regarding the transfer of the public open space were currently underway and they expected to finalise the transfer in coming weeks.

When Yanchep News Online contacted the City of Wanneroo for information about the land transfer they said to contact DPLH.

The city did however respond to a question about Two Rocks resident Bruce Nicholl’s proposal for the former Atlantis marine park land.

During question time at the May 10 council meeting when Mr Nicholl asked if anyone from the council wanted to hear his proposal the city’s planning and sustainability director Mark Dickson said he was happy to listen to the proposal.

A city spokeswoman said the city’s approval services manager met with Mr Nicholl on May 16 to discuss his ideas for the development of the Two Rocks marina area, which were predicated on the acquisition of the subject land for public purposes by others.

Mr Nicholl said his proposal presupposed firstly that the Woolworths supermarket and proposed RAAFA retirement village could be relocated.

Secondly that the landowner could be enticed to invest in the new proposal or that the local and state government purchased all or part of the precinct in question.

Lastly that funding could be secured from various sources to develop the proposal through grants, corporate grants or loans, entrepreneurs, public shares and fundraising activities so that it became a combined commercial-community development extraordinaire.

His proposal outlines creating an amphitheatre entertainment centre within the northern end of the original Atlantis marine park precinct.

The proposal also includes the creation of a botanical park in the central section, expanding on the existing trees and vegetation in this area, a sports park on the southern end (proposed Woolworths) site, King Neptune and park area, refurbishing the existing Two Rocks Shopping Centre and tavern and tourist draw cards.