Tender awarded for Burns Beach to Mindarie shared path

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The City of Joondalup has accepted a tender from WCP Civil Pty Ltd to construct a significant section of a dual use path between Burns Beach and Mindarie.

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.

Planning Minister Rita Saffioti said this was a key milestone in the delivery of this long-awaited project that will create the final link in the Quinns Rock to Fremantle coastal path as well as joining these two growing communities.

“The pathway will allow locals and visitors alike easy access to enjoy this special coastal spot – be they cyclists, joggers or walkers.

“The pathway has been designed to tread lightly on the sensitive coastal environment and will discourage inappropriate and environmentally damaging activities occurring within the bushland,” she said.

The City of Joondalup is managing the project on behalf of the stakeholders.

The Cities are working with PEET and Tamala Park Regional Council to facilitate construction of additional links at the southern and northern ends respectively.

Once complete, the project will provide a continuous path from Burns Beach Estate in the south to Catalina Estate in the north.

Construction is expected to start in July 2019.

The route of the path aims to minimise the impact on the local environment, particularly the significant bushland located within Bush Forever site 322 by using sections of cleared paths where possible.

The Cities have also been liaising with Traditional Owners in the region given the importance of the Mindarie Waugal to local Nyoongar people.

Joondalup Mayor Albert Jacob said he was pleased that a tender for the major component of the path had been awarded and a coastal link between the two Cities was now closer than ever.

“This project has been more than a decade in the making but it was imperative all stakeholders worked together to ensure that the final alignment minimised any impact on the local environment,” he said.

“Many people have spoken to me about their excitement at the prospect of taking their family for a ride or walk along the path to enjoy some of our beautiful natural environment.

“Once finished, the path will not only benefit the residents of both Cities – providing safe and easy access to a stretch of natural beauty unlike anywhere else in Perth – it will also increase visitor numbers to this stunning section of the northern coastal corridor.”

Wanneroo Mayor Tracey Roberts said she was pleased that construction was about to begin after many years of lobbying.

“The planning stage has been crucial for this project, and now we can move forward and deliver this magnificent coastal connection between the two cities and beyond,” Mayor Roberts said.

“I know from the significant support and engagement from the local communities that our residents are really looking forward to the new pathway becoming a reality.

“The four-metre wide asphalt path will cater for walkers, prams, wheelchairs and cyclists, providing an easily accessible route nestled within the beautiful natural environment of our northern corridor.”

Both Cities will be responsible for maintenance of the path within their respective local government boundaries.

Two community information sessions will be held to provide details of the construction to local residents: Wednesday 12 June at Mindarie Primary School from 5.30pm – 8.30pm, Saturday 22 June at Bramston Park, Burns Beach, 1.00pm – 4.00pm.