Yanchep developer offers land for swimming pool

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Yanchep Beach Joint Venture says it has made a compelling submission to City of Wanneroo on why the proposed aquatic centre should be located in the Yanchep city centre. File picture

A YANCHEP developer says it is willing to provide a peppercorn lease so the proposed northern corridor aquatic centre can be located in the Yanchep city centre.

A Yanchep Beach Joint Venture (YBJV) spokesman said under the approved Yanchep activity centre structure plan, an aquatic centre could be located adjacent to the ovals constructed on Splendid Ave.

“However, with the need to activate the city centre as much as possible to capitalise on the significant expenditure by federal and state governments, YBJV takes the view that an aquatic centre, and other social infrastructure, should be located within a walkable catchment of the train station,’’ he said.

“Therefore a site within the wellness precinct, that includes a future stadium as well as a hospital and other medical facilities, would be more appropriate.

“In this way the area can be fully utilised, not only for sports and leisure but also for health rehabilitation.

“If approached by the city, and the Mayor, YBJV will definitely be happy to consider an arrangement similar to the police station for the delivery of this important piece of community social infrastructure.’’

Where the proposed northern corridor swimming pool should be located has become a hot topic late in this month’s local government election.

While the City of Wanneroo advocacy information says the Alkimos Regional Open Space is proposed to be the centre for elite sports facilities serving the northern corridor with the 50m outside pool adding an important aquatic sports facility to the bigger picture, Mayor Tracey Roberts said her formal stance was to await the results of the feasibility study due next month.

Running against Cr Roberts in Saturday’s election is North Coast ward Cr Sonet Coetzee.

Cr Coetzee along with North Coast ward candidate Chris Baker are named in a text saying they are the only candidates with a plan to deliver a north coast swimming pool.

The electoral material in what appears to be an unauthorised text message, titled Vote4Pool, was sent to North Coast ward residents on Wednesday, October 16.

Cr Coetzee said she understood there was land about 250m from the proposed Yanchep train station available for the proposed north coast swimming pool.

She said once the rail line was extended to Yanchep children in Clarkson and the stations in between would be able to get to the swimming pool.

Her concern with the Alkimos swimming pool proposal was the state government was still to buy the land and at present it was still a strawberry farm.

City of Wanneroo community and place director Debbie Terelinck said the construction of a pool within the city’s northern corridor had been in its forward planning agenda for some time and was originally identified in the city’s northern coastal growth corridor community facilities plan with a proposed construction timeframe between 2042 and 2046.

“This timeframe is based on population growth of the northern corridor as a whole (Butler to Two Rocks), not any one suburb,’’ she said.

“Dates and potential locations are currently under review and more information is expected in early 2020.’’

She said in February 2018 the council agreed the date of construction needed to be bought forward as it recognised the need for an aquatic facility to service residents living in the northern coastal suburbs, sooner rather than later but a number of factors were yet to be determined, including when and where the pool would be located.

“The city, through its staff and a consultant has been talking with a broad range of stakeholders regarding potential locations,’’ she said.

She said information scheduled to be presented to a council forum in November was yet to be determined.

YBJV said it was committed to make Yanchep, as a strategic metropolitan centre, as successful as possible, not only by the city’s activation, but also by supporting jobs growth.

In 2009, the YBJV provided a peppercorn lease to ensure that the police station was retained in the area, along Yanchep Beach Rd,’’ the YBJV spokesman said.

“The YBJV also prefunded the earthworks for the ovals and shared the cost of constructing Splendid Ave with the city.

“These are examples, amongst others, of what the YBJV has done on behalf of the community in Yanchep and the broader corridor.

“Unfortunately, the YBJV has previously given land to authorities, such as the site across the road from yHub, for social infrastructure purposes.

“The relevant authorities have later sold it for commercial benefit.

“Therefore, the community loses.

“The YBJV has made a compelling submission to the city’s consultants on why the aquatic centre should be located in Yanchep city centre.’’