Yanchep Lagoon tourism proposal

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The City of Wanneroo wants to see an upmarket restaurant, bar, function centre or similar tourist attraction built on the old Yanchep Surf Club site. Picture: Anita McInnes

 

THE City of Wanneroo wants to develop Yanchep Lagoon into a vibrant, regional tourist destination, including having an upmarket restaurant, bar, function centre or similar tourist attraction built on the old Yanchep Surf Club site.

To achieve this the city is seeking expressions of interest from commercial organisations, individuals or joint venture partners interested in developing the site of the Old Yanchep Surf Club.

A city spokeswoman said the city was looking for a developer to demolish the existing building and build an architecturally progressive building, which will ultimately help position the Yanchep Lagoon precinct as a vibrant, regional tourist destination.

She said the city was open to all potential development options, providing they complied with planning and environmental requirements.

“Opportunities such as an upmarket restaurant, bar, function centre or similar tourist attraction will be considered,’’ she said.

The total site available for development is 2130sqm.

“Yanchep Lagoon precinct’s beachfront location is unique in Perth and for the right developer it offers an exciting opportunity, with its sweeping views of the ocean and projected residential growth of the greater Yanchep area.

“Due to the significant investment needed to revitalise the area, the city is open to negotiating the rental costs for the right candidate.

“Pending expressions of interest and approvals, the site will be available for development in mid-late 2018.

“Although lease terms are negotiable, the rental period would be long term, ranging from 10-21 years, inclusive of options.’’

The plan to demolish and the re-develop the old Yanchep Surf Club site follows the closure of the Yanchep Lagoon Café in September last year despite a protest, which included Yanchep residents.

In a move that surprised some residents City of Wanneroo councillors voted on Tuesday, September 13 to reject all submissions received under the expression of interest process for a commercial lease of the Brazier Rd café.

A motion put forward by North Coast ward councillor Linda Aitken authorised the chief executive officer to investigate securing a temporary vendor (or vendors) to operate the café for a term or terms not exceeding six months in each case and/or food vans (or similar service providers) to operate in the locality of Brazier Rd, Yanchep.

The motion also endorsed the city conducting a strategic review into the use of Lot 9740 Brazier Rd, Yanchep, including (but not limited to) the retention of the existing building and the potential to redevelop the site and report to the council for the mid-year budget review.