Coastal con­nec­tion clear­ing

Wanneroo Weekender - - News - Lucy Jarvis

CLEAR­ING plans for a coastal path con­nect­ing Burns Beach and Min­darie are out for pub­lic com­ment.

The dual-use path, ex­pected to be built by the end of 2019, is a project jointly funded by the WA Plan­ning Com­mis­sion and cities of Joon­dalup and Wan­neroo.

The Depart­ment of Water and En­vi­ron­men­tal Reg­u­la­tion has ad­ver­tised the clear­ing per­mit ap­pli­ca­tion, sub­mit­ted by the City of Joon­dalup, which will de­liver the project.

Joon­dalup Mayor Al­bert Ja­cob said the project was go­ing through a fi­nal re­view of the path de­sign.

“Con­struc­tion is an­tic­i­pated to com­mence mid2019 and is sched­uled to take about six months to com­plete,” he said.

“It is ex­cit­ing to see the project take shape af­ter many years of ad­vo­cat­ing for this link from res­i­dents of both the cities of Joon­dalup and Wan­neroo.”

The State Gov­ern­ment is con­tribut­ing $2 mil­lion to the project, with the rest of the costs to be split between the two cities.

At Wan­neroo Coun­cil’s Oc­to­ber meet­ing, as­sets di­rec­tor Har­min­der Singh said he rep­re­sented that City on a project con­trol group.

Mr Singh said the clear­ing per­mit process was likely to take three to six months be­fore ap­proval could be con­sid­ered.

He said there had been con­sul­ta­tion with two stake­hold­ers: Peet, which was de­vel­op­ing land to the south; and Ta­mala Park Re­gional Coun­cil, de­vel­op­ing in the north.

“The dual-use path has to link with both de­vel­op­ers’ land to pro­vide full con­nec­tiv­ity from Burns Beach to Min­darie,” Mr Singh said.

The clear­ing per­mit ap­pli­ca­tion said the orig­i­nal align­ment was 2.82km and only used 490m of ex­ist­ing cleared tracks, so it would have re­quired clear­ing more than 5ha.

How­ever, it said the new 2.35km align­ment used 1.87km of ex­ist­ing cleared tracks and fire­breaks.

Sub­mis­sions on the clear­ing ap­pli­ca­tion close on Novem­ber 13. Visit www.dwer.wa.gov.au.

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