No break in ser­vice


North Coast Times - - FRONT PAGE - Lucy Jarvis More, page 3

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.

Pic­ture: Martin Ken­nealey­mu­ni­ d478868

Project man­ager Lizele Moniz with Wa­ter Cor­po­ra­tion com­mu­nity en­gage­ment ad­viser Chantelle Blight.

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