Yanchep National Park upgrade gets the green light

The Yanchep National Park upgrade includes work on Old Yanchep Rd, internal park roads and carparks. Picture: Anita McInnes

PARTS of Yanchep National Park, including a section of Old Yanchep Rd, will be upgraded with the funding to be available in 2020-21.

The Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (DBCA) said as part of the funding, Old Yanchep Rd will be upgraded, along with internal park roads and carparks.

A DBCA spokeswoman said a refurbishment of Gloucester Lodge would include the removal of asbestos from the building, along with recladding external and internal walls to make it more readily available for functions and events.

“DBCA has already commenced the process of preparing specifications for the Yanchep works,’’ she said.

“To be eligible for the funding, DBCA was required to provide a project scope, along with justification of jobs and economic benefits to local businesses.’’

A post on Butler MLA John Quigley’s Facebook page says as part of the McGowan Government’s WA Recovery Plan, $650,000 has been allocated to rejuvenating the Yanchep National Park.

The Gloucester Lodge refurbishment will include the removal of asbestos from the building. Picture: Anita McInnes

“We’re investing $150,000 for road and car park upgrades throughout the park and $500,000 for upgrades to facilities at Gloucester Lodge,’’ the post says.

In July a DBCA spokeswoman said while the Parks and Wildlife Service had not allocated a specific budget for the section of Old Yanchep Rd it managed, the department in 2020-21 planned to upgrade corners along the 1.2km section of the road it controlled.

At the time when asked about the future of the Yanchep Beach Rd entry to the national park the spokeswoman said the recreational master plan for Yanchep was currently under review and access to the park would form part of that review.

She said in the event of another bushfire like the one on December 11 last year there were three primary entry-exits from the park that could be used in the event of bushfires.

The section of Wanneroo Rd-Indian Ocean Dr, which runs through the national park, is now under the control of Main Roads WA.