About the project
The old Yanchep Surf Club site has 2130m2 of developable area and falls within the State-owned Reserve 39022 (Crown land), managed by the City of Wanneroo under a management order. This means the site is available for the public to use now and into the future.
The property became vacant in 2017, following the relocation of the Yanchep Surf Life Saving Cub (Inc.) to the new surf club premises. The former club premises are now disused.
The potential to redevelop the site was the subject of a 2-stage Expression of Interest (EOI) process, which commenced in October 2017 and concluded in early 2019.
The EOI requested demolition of the existing building and the exploration of potential redevelopment for an aspirational and iconic commercial opportunity.
In April 2019, Council approved a proposed lease arrangement with Westland Corporate, trading as Laguna – Fresh Starts to redevelop the site. Lease negotiations progressed during the subsequent 12-18 months, but experienced delays due to the economic impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic. Westland Corporate advised the City in late 2020 that it would be unable to proceed with the redevelopment.
In this context, a renewed proposal by the second ranking EOI participant, Be Our Guest, has been considered by Council. In December 2020, Council determined to consider the proposal, with lease negotiations and community engagement to occur in advance of a second report to Council in early 2021 to consider a lease of the site.
Be Our Guest is proposing to develop the site as a boutique hospitality venue, similar to its successful and award-winning ventures at the Premier Mill Hotel in Katanning, the Farmers’ Home Hotel in Northam and the Freshwaters Café in Peppermint Grove. Be Our Guest also has significant experience in developing and operating ‘Dome’ branded sites in Western Australia and beyond.
Designs and concepts for the site remain at a preliminary stage, but are expected to include a casual and family friendly bar, café, kiosk, function space and accommodation. Be Our Guest intends to seek community input in the course of finalising its design.
Yanchep Lagoon Master Plan
The Master Plan was approved by Council in August 2019. The Master Plan was developed as a place-led process with significant input from the local community and other stakeholders.
The key place drivers for the Master Plan are Keep It Natural, Keep It Local, Keep It Special and Keep It Simple. The development of the old Yanchep Surf Club site will need to reflect this vision for the Yanchep Lagoon Master Plan.
Community engagement will occur as part of the development of the proposal for the site. The Yanchep Lagoon Precinct Community Working Group, comprising Councillors and local community representatives, will also have a key role in this process.
If you would like more information about the Master Plan, please go to the Yanchep Lagoon Master Plan YOUR SAY page.
The City of Wanneroo conducted detailed community engagement as part of the development of the original proposal with Westland Corporate.
The new proposal from Be Our Guest will be the subject of further community engagement, including by inviting comments on the proposal via:
• A local public notice of the proposed lease;
• Engagement via the City’s Your Say page for the project;
• Letters to local residents in proximity to the site;
• Engagement between Be Our Guest and the Yanchep Lagoon Precinct Community Working Group.
The invitation for comments has not yet commenced. It is anticipated to commence soon, most likely in late 2020 and conclude in advance of a subsequent report to Council in early 2021.