No break in service
ROAD ACTIVITY TO INCREASE
PUBLIC services have not been affected by prolonged works to expand Yanchep police station, officer-in-charge Sergeant Chris Wride says.
Sgt Wride said officers continued to operate as usual while works continued at the station on Yanchep Beach Road, although internal operations had been adapted to fit around construction.
“It’s not affecting services to the public,” he said.
He said it would be an “impressive” facility once finished, capable of accommodating about 40 staff.
“The station was built to be future-proof; it will be staffed as required. We are looking forward to the new station,” he said.
The completion date for the $3 million expansion works was originally late 2017, but it has been pushed back to about April.
“The building works are planned to be completed in late April 2018, however this is dependent on the builder meeting their current program of works,” North West Metropolitan District Inspector Dale Bell said.
“The project has been delayed due to a number of factors but is mainly due to issues with connection to mains sewer and resourcing issues experienced by the builder.”
Sgt Wride said the project involved building four transportable units offsite. Current works involved gutting the old station, which opened in 2010.
He said the station would be more comfortable and have more facilities, including two toilets, extra charge rooms, a lock-up cell, gym and crib kitchen.
“The ability for us to detain and question people will be increased,” he said.
Inspector Dell said decisions on staffing changes had not been made yet, although the Police Commissioner had a target date of July 1 to change policing districts.
THE Water Corporation will upgrade wastewater infrastructure in Two Rocks and Yanchep over the next 12 months.
Assets delivery general manager Nick Churchill said the $8.6 million project would cater for population growth within the City of Wanneroo.
“This important project ensures for decades to come residents will have access to reliable wastewater services to safely remove wastewater from their homes to be treated,’’ he said.
The utility will build 4.2km of wastewater main, starting near the intersection of Lisford Avenue and Sovereign Drive this month, and continuing south along Two Rocks Road.
It plans to build another 2km of wastewater main along the road reserve for the future extension of Marmion Avenue in Yanchep.
Mr Churchill said the project also included building a below-ground wastewater pump station on Charnwood Reserve and upgrading the existing Abrolhos Close wastewater pump station.
“People may notice an increase in activity particularly as we work along Two Rocks Road. However, traffic management will be in place at all times to ensure the safety of our crews and the public,’’ he said.
The upgrade is expected to take about 12 months.
At the Two Rocks Yanchep Residents Association meeting on January 29, Two Rocks resident Rainer Breitfeld raised concerns about what might happen if the pump station overflowed, perhaps as a result of a power failure.
Mr Breitfeld asked the group to contact the Water Corporation to find out what precautions it had taken to prevent overflows.
Mr Churchill told the Times the pump stations would be fitted with underground emergency overflow storage tanks to increase storage capacity during the commissioning process and if there was a power failure.
“Pump stations are monitored 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and real-time monitoring ensures any issues are responded to quickly to minimise any impact on our customers or the environment,” he said.
Project manager Lizele Moniz with Water Corporation community engagement adviser Chantelle Blight.