In State Parliament, last Thursday morning, local MP, John Quigley, spoke about the urgency needed by the WA Planning Commission in approving Amendment 122 of the Wanneroo District Planning Scheme, because it directly affected the future of the Yanchep Oval Project and the Deed of Agreement between Yanchep Beach Joint Venture (YBJV) and the City of Wanneroo.
Mr Quigley pointed out that YBJV was putting up $3.8 million towards the ovals and was ready to go.
The City of Wanneroo signed the Deed of Agreement conditional of Amendment 122 for ‘developer contributions’ being approved by the WAPC within 12 months.
Mr Quigley told parliament: “That deed was signed 6 January and the amendment was taken to the minister by the mayor and chief executive officer exactly 12 months ago, and is why I am making this grievance today.
“The amendment has been with the commission for 12 months. This does not cost the government a dime. All the commission has to do is put its stamp of approval on the amendment, then the Yanchep community can breathe a heavy sigh of relief knowing that very soon there will be somewhere for their children to participate in sport.”
The Minister for Planning, John Day, responded to Mr Quigley’s grievance, stating: “I can say that since we last discussed this issue, the City of Wanneroo and the Department of Planning have
been working through the issues associated with the amendment.
“As the member said, I met yesterday with the mayor, Tracey Roberts, who, I acknowledge, is here today and also the chief executive officer of the City of Wanneroo to further discuss the issue.
“The meeting was helpful in clarifying some aspects of what is proposed – However, I am pleased to say that I am advised that the amendment will be considered by the statutory planning committee of the WA Planning Commission at its next meeting on 24 June.”
Mr Day concluded: “The development of the corridor will ultimately accommodate a population 230,000 residents over the next 50 years. I agree it is important that facilities are provided to support these growing communities, not just the sporting grounds at Yanchep, which are needed now.”