THE future development of the Yanchep Lagoon area is under the spotlight with the community invited to help define a clear vision for the precinct.
In a statement the City of Wanneroo said it was working on a masterplan for the Yanchep Lagoon area, which would define a clear vision for the precinct and consider key opportunities and constraints for development and place-making.
The masterplan aims to create an iconic beach-side destination for the northern suburbs, maximise opportunities to create a mix of commercial and community infrastructure, pay respect to the history and heritage of the site, provide high quality facilities and amenities for visitors and locals to enjoy and provide family-friendly walkable spaces.
As part of a submission to the council on the proposed development of a service station close to the lagoon precinct Yanchep resident Warrick Palmateer said the Yanchep coastal foreshore needed to be carefully developed if it was to maintain its natural beauty.
“The proposed site on the corner of Newman Rd and Yanchep Beach Rd is the gateway to the pristine Yanchep Lagoon for most residents and for visitors to the area and can be described as one of the jewels in the crown on the WA coastline,’’ he said.
“This is obviously an environmentally sensitive area and culturally important to both the area’s residents and the tourists who come in significant numbers to enjoy one of the most beautiful beaches in Western Australia.
“In my opinion, this is not an appropriate location for the proposed development and, unfortunately, if it is allowed to go ahead it will become the ‘gateway statement’ to the Yanchep Lagoon beach.”
Mr Palmateer said Yanchep Lagoon was a recreational area for the whole community and it should be preserved to ensure the same enjoyment for future generations.
“I firmly believe that erecting a petrol station, commercial showrooms and 6m high signage on the corner of Yanchep Beach Rd and Newman Rd would be an act of environmental and cultural vandalism.’’
As part of the masterplan process the city said a first round of online consultation was now open on the city’s website until Friday, November 16 and people could have their say and submit their ideas “to enhance the iconic coastal location”.
Mayor Tracey Roberts encouraged anyone with an interest in the area to voice their thoughts and ideas.
“Engaging and working with residents who are passionate about the Yanchep Lagoon area will help the city gain a clear understanding of what is loved and valued most by the community,’’ she said.
“All feedback received will be considered and incorporated into the project and influence what facilities, business opportunities, social engagement activities and community events the area will offer for locals and visitors to enjoy.”
People can have their say or follow this project on the city’s website at wanneroo.wa.gov.au/yoursay
You can also register to be involved in a planning and design forum to be held in Yanchep on Wednesday, November 28 and Thursday, November 29.
This forum will be open to a representative sample of stakeholders and community members who will have a chance to be directly involved in shaping the future for the area.
Disclosure: The journalist is a local landowner.