Wanneroo picks Alkimos for pool but still needs land

The City of Wanneroo has decided to build an aquatic centre at Alkimos Central with the facility expected to open in early 2030. File picture

AN aquatic centre for the Yanchep city centre has been put on the back burner with the City of Wanneroo deciding to prioritise a site at Alkimos Central, which is being developed by DevelopmentWA.

But at this stage the only developer who is ready to publicly discuss making land available for an aquatic centre in North Coast suburbs is Yanchep Beach Joint Venture (YBJV).

On July 28 councillors endorsed an officer’s recommendation to build a north coast aquatic and recreation centre citing a business case by Pracsys, which recommended a 25m indoor swimming pool and courts at Alkimos Central as the best option in the short to medium term.

One of the key findings of the business case presented to the council was that option 1 – the Alkimos 25m pool option – was the highest scoring option, achieving near maximum scores over the majority of criteria except for the potential cost of land.

The officer’s report said the business case had noted a 7ha site in the Alkimos secondary centre as a suitable and available site.

“As part of the business case development, DevelopmentWA have provided an indicative estimate of the potential land cost, noting that this is subject to further valuation advice and DevelopmentWA approval,’’ the officer’s report said.

“It is also noted that DevelopmentWA have indicated the possibility of exploring funding opportunities and alternative options such as land swaps, noting that further detailed discussions would be required in this regard.’’

But this week when asked if they had land for a proposed 3.5ha north coast aquatic and recreation centre development available in Alkimos Central by mid-2021 and when they would be able to provide the city with the estimated cost of potential sites DevelopmentWA said the project team were not in a position to make any comments just yet as it was still a City of Wanneroo project.

Last year the Yanchep developer went public in October in the run-up to the Local Government election with an offer of land.

In Yanchep developer offers land for swimming pool a YBJV spokesman said the company was willing to provide a peppercorn lease (similar to what had been provided for the police station) so the proposed northern corridor aquatic centre could be located in the Yanchep city centre.

The City of Wanneroo’s February consultancy brief required among other things for the consultant to recommend the best overall scenario-option-delivery combination for the city to pursue for delivery within the next three years so Pracsys compared opening a new aquatic facility in Yanchep and Alkimos as if they were going to be available in 2022.

In line with this the business case includes a graphic comparing stage and demand if a 25m pool (six lane) and a 350sqm young children’s leisure pool were open in 2022 followed by a splash pad, warm water program pool and a spa pool in 2025.

The final stage was for a 400m leisure pool and a 25m (10 lane) pool in 2028.

But the timeframe for the proposed aquatic centre outlined in the officer’s report puts the opening of the aquatic centre as not until early 2030.

A five-point motion – moved by Mayor Tracey Roberts and seconded by North Coast ward councillor Nat Sangalli – said community consultation would follow the council’s consideration of indoor and outdoor options for the aquatic component of a North Coast aquatic and recreation centre at Alkimos Central.

The motion calls for the city’s long term financial plan to include funding for an aquatic and recreational facility in Yanchep starting 2037.