The City of Wanneroo has approved the development of a glamping site on the Quinns Rocks foreshore despite objections from a neighbouring surf lifesaving club and residents.
The council voted 8-7 in favour of the development in front of a public gallery packed with people against it.
The future of the glamping premises, will cost upwards of $8 million to develop, will now be in the hands of the WA Planning Commission for the final tick of approval to lease for the next 21 years until 2045.
The glamping resort will be named The Dunes and operated by Eco Tourism Pty Ltd. The directors of the company were listed in a city report as Russell Percival, who is also the director of Bali Beach Glamping, and Luke Percival.
The approval comes more than 10 years after the council resolved in 2012 to close and decommission the former caravan park.
The development will include 10 outpost tents, 12 deluxe tents and four family tents, all with airconditioning, as well as two cafes, lounge bar and a public event lawn space. There will also be 80 parking bays.
The city will receive $50,000 per year through lease of the premises, as well as $30,000 per year in rates.
The 1.9ha site is next to the Quinns-Mindarie Surf Life Saving Club.
Various members of the public raised concerns about the implications and limitations which the development would have on the future growth of the surf lifesaving club.
“I’d like to remind the councillors that while there has been much talk about the surf club, unlike our football and tee-ball clubs in the area, the Quinns-Mindarie Surf Live Saving provides a service for the community,” Kellie Wheatcroft said.
“This morning there was people on patrol, this morning the disabled wheelchair was out on the beach providing that service for people of the public.”
Cr Natalie Herridge said the company had agreed to stringent conditions, which included a commitment to host nine community events per year.
“There are two bank guarantees, open space accessible by the public, event promises, public access toilets, outside access to a kiosk, easy beach access and embarrassingly how often the lawns are mowed and to be kept,” she said.
“It’s the likes of a lease agreement that we have never seen before.
“Our community, as much as some may not agree with us right now, will come to realise how much they have been accommodated for from the consultation in the final design.
“We are on show tonight and everybody is watching.
“A negative decision in approving a negotiated lease after securing the preferred proponent over 12 months prior would impact future business opportunities and show the tourism industry that we aren’t interested in showcasing our amazing coastline.”
Cr Helen Berry said the large community disapproval was reason to not approve the commercial use.
“Over 1500 people signed a petition asking for consideration of this land being used as public open space. They still feel ignored and let down by us,” she said.
Cr Berry said liquor licensing laws limited how accessible the premises was to the public.
“If all tents are occupied, a full complement of staff is on-site and there is a small-ish function of 100 people, the community will be locked out,” she said.
“This restriction will also apply to the proposed community events. The place can only take 240 patrons.”
Cr Alex Figg, Cr Phil Bedworth, Cr Jacqueline Huntley, Cr Bronwyn Smith, Cr Sonet Coetzee, Cr Berry and Cr Nguyen voted against the proposal.
published 2023-12-15 05:27:13