Missing link frustrates Mayor, locals

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Northern suburbs residents are frustrated they cannot access the decade-in-the-making shared coastal path that will link Burns Beach and Mindarie.

This is despite the fact the City of Joondalup completed the majority of the path – the middle 2.3km section – in December 2019.

An agreement between the Tamala Park Regional Council (TPRC) and Cities of Joondalup and Wanneroo that will enable the Cities to deliver the northern link on TPRC’s behalf was signed by all parties on 27 March.

However, despite efforts by the City to work with Peet to complete the path’s missing 650m southern section, a resolution is yet to be reached.

“The City of Joondalup has been liaising with Peet on construction of the southern link for many years, but despite assurances that they would deliver their section in alignment with the City’s they are yet to provide a timeframe for delivery,” Mayor Jacob said.

“Users of the coastal path network travelling north quite literally hit a roadblock when it comes to venturing beyond Burns Beach. It’s very frustrating for all parties, considering just over 500m away there is a fantastic path – sitting unused.

“A lot of planning went into the final alignment and design of the middle section of the path to ensure there was minimal impact on the local environment. All stakeholders including PEET have long been aware of their respective responsibilities in bringing this project to fruition.

“The shared coastal path will not only benefit the residents of the Cities of Joondalup and Wanneroo; it will also give visitors to the northern corridor a chance to experience an uninterrupted stretch of coastline unlike anywhere else in Perth in terms of natural beauty.”

The State Government, through the Western Australian Planning Commission, has contributed a substantial $2 million to the project with the rest of the costs split between the Cities of Joondalup and Wanneroo.

Once both links are finalised, path users will have a continuous route along the coast from Quinns Rocks in the north almost all the way to Fremantle in the south.

Work on the northern link, which stretches about 590m adjacent to Catalina Estate, is expected to commence in May subject to weather, contractor availability and final approvals.

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Mayor Jacob, Shauna Papanicolaou (Ivy in pram), Burns Beach MLA Mark Folkard, Adrian Hill – President of Burns Beach Residents Association. Rear – North Ward Councillors Tom McLean and Kerry Hollywood.