Glad to be home

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YANCHEP has grown sig­nif­i­cantly since the 1970s, but for Tom Lam­bert, it still feels like com­ing home af­ter four decades liv­ing away.

Mr Lam­bert spent his teens in the coastal vil­lage in the 1970s when his mother worked in the Yanchep Sun City sales of­fice.

Af­ter 40 years away, he re­cently built a house close to the beach and moved back in April.

“I lived in Yanchep dur­ing the 1970s from the age of 12 to 17, when I left to join the Aus­tralian army,” he said. “Over the past four decades I have trav­elled through­out Australia and the world but my heart has al­ways been in Yanchep.

“Some of my fond­est boy­hood mem­o­ries re­late to my teenage years in Yanchep. Back then, the vil­lage had only 1500 res­i­dents and I was able to make won­der­ful friends where we would go and en­joy the la­goon.

“When I was 15, I was able to get a job on the cray fish­ing boats dur­ing the school hol­i­days, which was also a won­der­ful ex­pe­ri­ence.

“The 1970s were also an ex­cit­ing time for Yanchep when Alan Bond trans­formed the vil­lage into his base for the Amer­ica’s Cup chal­lenge. He also launched the Sun City res­i­den­tial land de­vel­op­ment, which em­ployed my mum at the well-known ‘star of­fice’.”

Mr Lam­bert at­tended the Yanchep Com­mu­nity School 40th re­u­nion in 2016, which inspired him to move back to the sub­urb.

“Our com­mu­nity school was orig­i­nally con­structed as a build­ing for the Amer­ica’s Cup chal­lenge and was later con­verted by the Depart­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion,” he said. “Won­der­ful mem­o­ries of Yanchep flooded back to me at the re­u­nion and this con­vinced me that Yanchep was the place I wanted to spend the rest of my life.”

His home in Capricorn Beach es­tate is 600m from the ocean and close to the former Club Capricorn re­sort, which is be­ing re­de­vel­oped as a fore­shore park, res­i­den­tial and tourism precinct.

“The outstanding beauty and charm of Yanchep still re­mains the same af­ter 40 years,” Mr Lam­bert en­thused.

“The rel­a­tive peace and quiet in fa­mil­iar sur­rounds is re­lax­ing and I can hear the surf at night and kook­abur­ras in the morn­ings.”

Picture: Martin Ken­nealey­mu­ni­ d484224

Tom Lam­bert.

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