Ovals open­ing de­layed

North Coast Times - - FRONT PAGE - Lucy Jarvis

THE open­ing date for Yanchep’s play­ing fields has been pushed back to March, with the turf con­di­tion and road own­er­ship caus­ing the lat­est de­lays.

Late last year, the City of Wan­neroo in­di­cated there would be pub­lic ac­cess to the ovals from Jan­uary, but they re­main closed.

Mayor Tracey Roberts said the City now ex­pected the clu­b­rooms and ovals to open for pub­lic use in March.

“The process of vest­ing the ac­cess road to the ovals (Splen­did Av­enue) is pro­gress­ing; how­ever, cur­rently the road is un­der the con­trol of the de­vel­oper,” she said.

“Sep­a­rately, post-con­struc­tion, the ovals have set­tled in such a way that turf ren­o­va­tions have been car­ried out to en­sure the play­ing sur­faces are fit for pur­pose by sport­ing clubs.

“The City plans to hold an of­fi­cial open­ing of the fa­cil­i­ties in April to cap­ture both sum­mer and win­ter sports.”

The Two Rocks Yanchep Res­i­dents As­so­ci­a­tion dis­cussed the de­lays at its meet­ing last week, with one mem­ber say­ing there had been an is­sue with the sur­face of the ovals.

Mrs Roberts said the coun­cil ap­proved a bud­get of $5.5 mil­lion for the ovals but the fi­nal cost was yet to be de­ter­mined.

“It has been funded by the City of Wan­neroo, fund­ing grants and de­vel­oper con­tri­bu­tions,” she said.

“The City re­ceived a grant from the com­mu­nity recre­ational sports fa­cil­i­ties fund of $975,000 for the open space and $770,332 for the build­ing, re­sult­ing in a to­tal of $1,745,332 be­ing awarded.”

The pro­vi­sion of sports fa­cil­i­ties has been a long-run­ning is­sue, with the City ne­go­ti­at­ing with de­vel­oper Yanchep Beach Joint Ven­ture to pro­vide them early for sev­eral years.

The City had al­lo­cated $1 mil­lion in its 2011-12 bud­get for the project, but con­struc­tion started only in late 2016.

The 11ha open space in­cludes two ovals, two hard courts, flood­light­ing, cricket nets, long jump pits and a play­ground.

The $2.8 mil­lion ameni­ties build­ing has six chang­e­rooms, five store­rooms, a first aid room, um­pires room, kiosk, mul­ti­pur­pose room, meet­ing room, chair store, ac­cess ramp and tiered seat­ing.

Mayor Tracey Roberts said ath­let­ics, foot­ball, soc­cer, rugby and cricket would use the ovals.

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