Yanchep play­ing fields lauded

Joondalup Weekender - - Front Page -

RE­GIONAL sports fa­cil­i­ties will cater for the grow­ing pop­u­la­tion, ex­pected to sur­pass 18,000 in Yanchep and Two Rocks.

The City of Wan­neroo of­fi­cially opened the $8.3 mil­lion Yanchep ac­tive open space and clu­b­rooms on Satur­day.

Mayor Tracey Roberts said it was a large, grow­ing area and the City recog­nised the im­por­tance of sport to en­gage youth.

She said the open­ing marked the cul­mi­na­tion of eight years work with de­vel­oper Yanchep Beach Joint Ven­ture, sports groups and the State Gov­ern­ment.

She ac­knowl­edged the de­vel­oper’s help through early pro­vi­sion of a site and de­vel­op­ment of the ac­cess road.

But­ler MLA John Quigley said it had been a long jour­ney, start­ing be­fore 2010 when the con­cept was first en­vis­aged by YBJV chief ex­ec­u­tive Gin Wah Ang and then-mayor Jon Kelly.

“We’ve now ended up with, I think, the best sub­ur­ban foot­ball ovals in Perth – they are just sen­sa­tional,” he said.

“It’s a credit to the whole com­mu­nity that the clubs, the com­mu­ni­ties all came to­gether to urge this de­vel­op­ment goes for­ward.”

Yanchep District Ju­nior Foot­ball Club and Yanchep Red Hawks Foot­ball Club have started train­ing at the play­ing fields, which in­clude two multi-pur­pose ovals for foot­ball, soc­cer, cricket, rugby and ath­let­ics. The first matches will take place at the end of this month.

Ju­nior foot­baller Hamish Davies (11), who at­tended the March 24 open­ing with his fa­ther Paul, said the ovals were “pretty cool”.

The fa­cil­ity will also be home to Yanchep United Soc­cer Club, Yanchep Net­ball Club, Yanchep Lit­tle Ath­let­ics Club and Yanchep Red Hawks Cricket Club.

It has two multi-pur­pose hard courts for net­ball, bas­ket­ball and ten­nis; cricket nets and long jump and dis­cus pits; and flood­light­ing.

The City ex­pects to com­plete a play­ground this month.

The open space also has perime­ter fenc­ing, path­ways, pas­sive recre­ation ar­eas, carparks and drop-off fa­cil­i­ties.

Lo­cal sport­ing clubs joined of­fi­cials for the open­ing of Yanchep’s play­ing fields.

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