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Project update

The City has progressed with an Expression of Interest (EOI) process inviting formal proposals for the development and operation of a low impact and environmentally sensitive tourism accommodation site on a portion of Lot 211 (2) Quinns Road, Mindarie.

The EOI incorporated feedback from the previous community engagement phase, including the input of the Quinns Rocks Caravan Park Community Advisory Group in April and May 2021.  The Community Advisory Group comprised representatives from the community, environment, business, tourism, heritage and culture, and assisted in providing the criteria for the City’s EOI process to reflect the groups and community’s views.

EOI proponents were invited to demonstrate their ability to operate within a small footprint, with due consideration to local community, heritage and environmental conservation value.

The City can confirm that submissions from proponents have been received and a formal evaluation process has been undertaken and completed. A report will be provided to Council within the next three (3) months to confirm a preferred proponent.

NEXT STEPS

In the event that Council confirms a preferred proponent, it is anticipated that further private treaty negotiations will occur with the proponent to finalise a lease arrangement for the development of the site.  Public information, consultation and advertising would occur in conjunction with this process.

Further updates will be provided on this page.  If you have any queries, then please Contact Property Project Officer Neil Scanes on 9405 5837.

Project background 

The idea of creating a prime tourism location at the site was developed through the City’s draft Economic Development Strategy, which was advertised for public comment in early 2016.

In August 2017 the City began examining the feasibility of redeveloping the portion of land where the caravan site previously existed.

A Business Case was developed by the City’s consultant as a two stage process, commencing in 2017, to assess the viability of a holiday park development.  Its completion followed research and feedback from industry and the local and wider community, and included the outcome of initial environmental and bushfire assessments, as well as detailed financial analysis and modelling.

The Business Case focused on two accommodation options on the beachfront site, adjacent to Portofinos and the Quinns Rocks Surf Lifesaving Club:

  • Eco Retreat:  This option would offer a boutique eco-tent experience, similar to that recently introduced at Rottnest.
  • Family Tourist Park:  This option describes a more traditional tourist park experience offering caravan sites and cabins.  

Council’s subsequent approval of the Business Case allowed for the project to proceed to the EOI stage inviting submissions from industry professionals to fund, develop and operate the tourist park under a ground lease from the City.

As part of considering any development proposals for the site, the City will review the use of the temporary overflow car park on the former caravan park, with the expectation that parking for the caravan/holiday park would be self-contained. 

The overflow car park will remain open during Summer 2022/23 as a continuation of the temporary arrangement at the time of construction of the community centre addition to the surf lifesaving club building.

Key Dates

Community engagement - Phase 1 (Complete)

    Oct – Dec 2018

    Date: 21/12/2018

Community Engagement - Phase 2 (Complete)

    Wider community survey to feed into the business case – December 2019 – January 2020. Business Case approved by Council Tuesday, 22 September 2020

    Date: 22/09/2020

Business Case presented to Council (Complete)

    Tuesday, 22 September 2020

    Date: 31/10/2020

Community Engagement Phase 3 (Complete)

    ROI process involving Community Advisory Group - Four meetings and workshops April to May

    Date: 27/05/2021

Presentation to Councillor Working Group (Complete)

    Advisory Group workshop output presented for consideration, feedback and endorsement on Tuesday 29 June 2021.

    Date: 24/06/2021

Expression of interest and engagement (Complete)

    2021/22 financial year

    Date: 30/06/2021

Preferred Proponent (We are here)

    Submissions from proponents have been received and a formal evaluation process has been undertaken and completed. A report will be provided to Council within the next three (3) months to confirm a preferred proponent with updates to be issued on this page.

    Date: 24/06/2022

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