Work begins on northern path link
Construction has started on the 585m section of the Burns Beach-Mindarie shared coastal path that runs through Tamala Park Regional Council (TPRC) land.
Joondalup Mayor Albert Jacob, Wanneroo Mayor Tracey Roberts and TPRC Chair Cr Karen Caddy recently visited the construction site to see how work is progressing.
The City of Joondalup is undertaking the work on behalf of the TPRC, which has contributed $695,000 towards this stage of the project.
Expected to be completed by August, it will link to the middle 2.3km section of the coastal path, which was completed in December 2019.*
Work on the 650m southern link – all that stands in the way of a coastal path from Mindarie and beyond in the north to Fremantle in the south – has yet to commence.
Mayor Jacob said local infrastructure projects like the Burns Beach-Mindarie shared coastal path were more important than ever as the local economy emerges from the COVID-19 challenge.
“I commend the TPRC for their efforts in getting this part of the project off the ground,” he said.
“Local projects like this provide local jobs and this is a great example of local governments working together for positive community outcomes.”
Mayor Jacob said completion of the shared coastal path was highly anticipated by residents of the Cities of Joondalup and Wanneroo. However, he said a resolution with Peet – responsible for delivery of the southern link – had yet to be worked out, meaning full access will remain impossible for the foreseeable future.
“This project has been a decade-in-the making and cyclists, pedestrians and locals are frustrated. All stakeholders, including Peet, have long been aware of their respective responsibilities in bringing this project to fruition,” he said.
“It’s beyond frustrating. The number one question I am asked as Mayor is when will the Burns Beach-Mindarie shared coastal path be finished? I am urging Peet to come to the table. It’s in their own interests to start construction as soon as possible.”
Wanneroo Mayor Tracey Roberts said residents from both cities were eager to see the long-awaited coastal path finished and urged Peet to complete its portion of the project located in the City of Joondalup.
“The community has overwhelmingly continued to voice its support for this pathway to be constructed, and I whole-heartedly empathise with the frustration of our local residents,” she said.
“I’m sure we will see many community members utilising this wonderful connection along our coastline.”
Caption: Joondalup Mayor Albert Jacob, Wanneroo Mayor Tracey Roberts and TPRC Chair Cr Karen Caddy