Cen­tre plans in mo­tion

Wanneroo Times - - Front Page - Lucy Jarvis

A CAFE, bus link and cy­cling ed­u­ca­tion fa­cil­ity are among the ideas sug­gested for re­de­vel­op­ment of the Wan­neroo Re­cre­ation Cen­tre and sur­round­ing area.

Wan­neroo Mayor Tracey Roberts pre­sented a mo­tion on no­tice at the Septem­ber 18 coun­cil meet­ing to in­ves­ti­gate re­de­vel­op­ment op­tions.

Her ideas in­cluded im­prov­ing pub­lic trans­port op­tions, such as hav­ing a cen­tral area tran­sit bus link to the town cen­tre.

She also sug­gested de­vel­op­ing cafe or restau­rant fa­cil­i­ties, per­haps as a sec­ond storey, and kiosk fa­cil­i­ties.

Mrs Roberts said it was “an iconic build­ing” in a strate­gic lo­ca­tion.

“We could look at a sec­ond storey with restau­rants watch­ing the sun­set over the lake,” she said.

“We could have state-ofthe-art tech­nol­ogy that show­cases lo­cal wildlife.”

Mrs Roberts also sug­gested a study could look at op­por­tu­ni­ties to de­velop a cy­cling ed­u­ca­tion fa­cil­ity and im­prov­ing the links be­tween the cen­tre and play space.

Other as­pects of the study would look at en­hanc­ing the bas­ket­ball court, pro­vid­ing a big­ger meet­ing space, in­creas­ing stor­age space for reg­u­lar hir­ers, cre­at­ing an en­vi­ron­men­tal cen­tre and in­tro­duc­ing Noon­gar cul­tural ed­u­ca­tion op­por­tu­ni­ties.

Coun­cil­lor Dot New­ton said there had been talk of es­tab­lish­ing an en­vi­ron­ment cen­tre around the lake for the past 20 years.

Cr New­ton said there was plenty of land east of the build­ing that could be de­vel­oped with­out en­croach­ing on Yel­lagonga Re­gional Park.

Coun­cil­lors unan­i­mously sup­ported the mo­tion to do a fea­si­bil­ity study, which is ex­pected to cost $50,000.

Pic­ture: Martin Ken­nealey www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d487029

Fire­fight­ers Steve Fielder, Shaden Clarke and Danielle Van­der­meulen.

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