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Project update

The latest community engagement phase is now complete.  This phase involved the creation of the Quinns Rocks Caravan Park Community Advisory Group, who assisted in providing the criteria for the City’s Expression of Interest (EOI) process to reflect the group and community’s views.

The Advisory Group included representatives from the community, environment, business, tourism, heritage and culture, who met on four occasions between April and May.

The City wishes to thank all the group members and other stakeholders who participated in this community engagement process.

Next steps

The Advisory Group workshop information and draft EOI will be presented to the Councillor Working Group on 29 June for their consideration, feedback and endorsement as part of the broader community engagement process.

The EOI document will then be finalised and publicly advertised.

The City will work with preferred applicants to determine an optimal development option.  The negotiation process with a preferred applicant will take some time and further updates will be provided on this “Your Say” webpage and sent to project subscribers.

Further queries and feedback
In the meantime, you are invited to provide feedback to the City and ask questions, which will be continually updated on this page below - See Q/A Document attached.

Contact Property Project Officer Neil Scanes on 9405 5837 or Manager Property Rachael Wright on 9405 5022.

Business Case approved by Council

Further to the City’s previous updates to interested community members, the Business Case to redevelop Quinns Rocks Caravan Park was approved at the Ordinary Council Meeting on Tuesday 22 September 2020 (item CS03-09/20).

The Business Case was developed by the City’s consultant (Pracsys) 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 next stage (Stage 3) will include inviting market-based expressions of interest to fund, develop and operate the caravan/holiday park under a ground lease from the City, in line with parameters and requirements determined by Council and in consultation with the community (including via an advisory group/s).

No formal development scope or design, or lease arrangement, is under consideration.  Proposals arising from the expression of interest process (including the development proposals) will be subject to Council approval. 

A copy of the Council Report is available here.

Launch Council Report

Recent progress and ongoing operations

In late 2019 and early 2020, the City engaged a botanical specialist  to provide a detailed survey which will inform stakeholders of the botanical qualities of the site.

It is envisioned that this will assist future planning and aid a comprehensive environmental impact assessment as part of any future development submission.

The Flora and Vegetation study was finalised in March 2020 and conducted during the flowering season of September / October 2019.  

A separate fauna study was undertaken during the same period. 

Further information (including the study reports and details of the Keighery Scale referenced in the flora study) is provided in the attached documents (See Flora and Fauna surveys attached).

Site clean up to ensure a safe environment

The City has identified evidence of antisocial behaviour and drug use at the Quinns Rocks Caravan site.

Administration staff are unable to clean-up the site by hand in a safe manner. It is therefore necessary to allow purpose built modified vehicles on-site to remove toxic items, such as needles and other drug paraphernalia.

Due to some of the waste being deposited in long grass, it is unsafe to undertake collection by hand and mechanical collection may be necessary.

Please be advised the clean-up operation will be limited to the footprint of the former caravan park and will not extend into the remnant bushland.

These actions are necessary to ensure a safe environment for person(s) accessing the site and vehicles are expected to commence cleaning up the site in early 2021.

Project background - Business Case

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.

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 recent approval of the Business Case means the project moves to the next stage, (Stage 3) and invite expressions of interest 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 2020/21 as a continuation of the temporary arrangement at the time of construction at 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

    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 (We are here)

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

    Date: 24/06/2021

Expression of interest and engagement

    2021/22 financial year

    Date: 30/06/2021

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