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Old Yanchep Surf Club Redevelopment – Proposal for agreement for lease and ground lease

Update Wednesday 17 April 2024

The potential lease of the Old Yanchep Surf Club is progressing and will be discussed at the City of Wanneroo’s Ordinary Council Meeting on Tuesday, 23 April 2024.

Council granted approval to proceed with a lease in August 2021 (subject to final negotiations). Subsequently a local public notice was advertised from 22 February to 7 March 2024 this year. The process to proceed now requires the report to return to Council for approval following advertisement of this notice.

If Council grants approval, the City will execute the documentation with preferred lessee, Be Our Guest Holdings.

Visit the City’s website to read the Council report, which is expected to be released in the meeting agenda on the afternoon of Friday, 19 April 2024, and for information on live streaming or attending the meeting in person.

 If you have any enquiries about this project, please email enquiries@wanneroo.wa.gov.au.

Update Thursday 22 February 2024

Lease negotiations between Be Our Guest Holdings and the City for the redevelopment of the Old Yanchep Surf Club have progressed to the stage where lease documents have been agreed in principle by the parties. The documents have been signed by Be Our Guest Holdings and in the City’s case are subject to final advertising of the proposed lease and Council approval. 

The recent progress of the lease negotiations is in accordance with Council’s resolution in August 2021 (CS03-08/21). 

The agreement for lease and ground lease for the Old Surf Club site (Lot 10603 (3) Brazier Road, Yanchep) will be advertised by a public notice under section 3.58 of the Local Government Act. The notice provides people with an opportunity to respond to the proposed disposal of land. The notice period opens on 22 February 2024 and will close on 7 March 2024. View the public notice and have your say by clicking on the link below:

The lease documents provide for Be our Guest Holdings to enter into a ground lease with the City to construct a casual, family friendly bar, café and function space. Designs for this project will be presented for feedback to the Yanchep Lagoon Community Working Group and the City's Design Review Panel in due course, in advance of submission of a formal development application to the Western Australian Planning Commission. 

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Food Truck on Site as Orion Café Closes, Plans for Renovation Available for Viewing

Update Thursday 7 December 2023

The Orion Café is now closed and upgrade works have begun.

A food truck is on site serving hot food and takeaways while the Café is closed.

Renovation works are due for completion in the second half of 2024. The City and Café Operator have decided on this timing to ensure the Café is upgraded and open for business as soon as possible.

View renovation plans for the Café

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Food Services Continue While Orion Café Closes for Upgrade

Update Friday 3 November 2023

The Orion Café is expected to close in November 2023 so that upgrade works can begin. A food truck will be on site serving food and drink while the Café is closed.

The City will provide further updates in due course to advise when the food truck will be operational.

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Nominations Open to Join the Yanchep Lagoon Community Working Group

Update Monday 23 October 2023

Would you like to join a group of like minded people providing input into the delivery of the Yanchep Lagoon Masterplan?

The City is calling for community members to nominate for the Yanchep Lagoon Community Working Group from now until 20 November 2023. 

The Working Group includes a maximum of 10 community representatives and is an ideal opportunity to have your say and input into decisions made by the City. 

Please click below to nominate:

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City awards tender for Orion Café (Yanchep Lagoon Kiosk) upgrade

Update Thursday 19 September 2023

Work will soon begin on the upgrade of the Orion Café and change rooms, following the approval of a construction tender for the project at the City of Wanneroo’s September 2023 Council meeting.

Council accepted a tender from Yanchep based Hickey Constructions for the construction project, that includes the extension of the Orion Café dining area, a new outdoor deck area, refurbishing the existing toilets (to provide an expanded service and seating area) and upgrades to the roof of the café. The works have been the result of close collaboration with the long-term café operator, who will be undertaking internal fitout improvements following the completion of the City’s renovations. The café operator is also putting in place a temporary trading option (via a food truck) on adjacent land to the north of the Orion Café site.

Construction works will begin in the coming weeks, with completion scheduled for mid-2024.

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Design of Utility Services for Future Commercial Activity at Yanchep Lagoon Precinct Begins

Utility services such as gas, power and communications in the Yanchep Lagoon Precinct are insufficient to support further development, so upgrades to these services are required before any improvement works in the Lagoon Precinct can occur. The City has prioritised critical works to upgrade utility service infrastructure to support future commercial activity.

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Old Yanchep Surf Club Redevelopment

The City continues to make progress with the Old Yanchep Surf Club redevelopment project, and has been liaising with hospitality company, Be Our Guest Holdings, in relation to the finalisation of the lease documentation.

Detailed design for the project is taking place in parallel with work on the lease documents. Site development will occur in coordination with the City’s servicing works, noting that the site cannot operate until services are in place.

Designs will be presented for feedback to the Yanchep Lagoon Community Working Group and the City's Design Review Panel in due course. The City will continue to provide regular community updates on the Be Our Guest development on this webpage.

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Orion Café Upgrades – Plans in place, lease signed

Orion Cafe

Yanchep’s much-loved Orion Café kiosk and adjoining change rooms are set to get a new lease on life when upgrades are completed.

Both the City and the café operator have worked closely to improve the dining experience for café customers. Upgrades include extending the café dining area, a new outdoor deck area facing the ocean, refurbishing the existing toilets and upgrades to the roof.  When complete, these works will provide more seating space with a better view for customers.

An accessible path, from the pedestrian crossing on Brazier Road to the café entrance, will also be installed.

Detailed design and community engagement has been completed. Construction is set to start in the second half of 2023 (tender closing in July 2023) and be completed later in summer 2023/24. The premises will be closed for part of the period, with the café operator currently finalising plans for temporary trading nearby.

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Yanchep Lagoon Flora and Vegetation Survey Goes Live

Friday 28 October 2022

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Did you know that there are 107 different types of native plant species in the Yanchep Lagoon Precinct?

A flora and vegetation survey has been prepared by Perth-based environmental consultants, One Tree Botanical, as part of the first stage to implement the Yanchep Lagoon Masterplan.

The survey provides comprehensive information on the diversity and distribution of plants growing in the area, and will inform future plans for new commercial activity and public spaces.

The City will use survey data to identify environmentally sensitive areas, and assist with planning and environmental impact assessments.

The bright colours on the maps show vegetation condition and type, which range from ‘very good to excellent’ to ‘completely degraded’.

Future development will keep as much of the high quality vegetation as possible, while adding more native trees and vegetation to enhance degraded areas.

Want to learn more about what’s growing in the Lagoon Precinct? Access the flora and vegetation survey here.

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Yanchep Coastal Management Study

Friday 28 October 2022

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The Yanchep Coastal Management Study aims to address the current and future coastal erosion and beach access issues along the Yanchep coastline through coastal management measures. These measures will be identified via a coastal engineering consultancy study consisting of a coastal processes assessment, coastal management options assessment, extensive community consultation and detailed design.

Study results will inform decision making around appropriate coastal maintenance and protection works and the continued safe access and usage of Yanchep Beach.  This process involves three years of data collection and coastal engineering design, however this will ensure that protection works are based on data and future requirements.

The project stages are as follows:

  • 2022/23: metocean data collection, i.e. current, wind, wave, sea level and meterological data.
  • 2023/24: coastal process assessment and concept options assessment.
  • 2024/25: detailed design of recommended coastal management and beach access works.
  • 2025/26 onwards: approvals and construction.

Recent updates:

  • Announcement of Coastal Adaptation and Protection Grant from the Department of Transport for $44,000 towards Yanchep Metocean Data Collection.
  • Metocean data collection: Three month winter deployment of two instruments offshore of Yanchep recently completed (July to September 2022). Three  month summer deployment scheduled for 1 December 2022.
  • Beach renourishment: The City recently placed approximately 2000 tonnes of sand at Yanchep Lagoon (27 to 30 September 2022). Without this renourishment work, the surf lifesaving patrol tower could not be installed and vehicle access to the beach for surf club operations would not be possible.

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