THE Western Australian Government last week announced more public open space would be made available to support substantial growth in the City of Wanneroo over the next 35 years.
Planning Minister John Day said an agreement between the Western Australian Planning Commission and LandCorp had enabled the commission to purchase 100 hectares in Alkimos and 350 hectares in Neerabup for regional open space and infrastructure reserves.
"The purchase of these major areas of open space will mean more recreational, active open space and conservation areas for communities in the fast-growing northern corridor," Mr Day said.
"The local population is expected to more than double to 740,300 people by 2050, driven by land supply and a coastal lifestyle, with nearly three-quarters of these people residing in the City of Wanneroo.
"Purchase of the Alkimos land will allow a portion of 11ha to be made available for the future extension of the Mitchell Freeway and a railway to Yanchep, providing critical infrastructure around the future development of the Yanchep townsite.
"The ability to secure the land now removes the prospect of a much higher cost in the future."
The Minister said the Neerabup land was originally purchased by LandCorp as part of a plan to provide industrial land to support the growth of the northern corridors as well as preserve Neerabup Lake.
"The lake is highly valued within the increasingly urban landscape of the northern suburbs and this purchase gives us the opportunity to preserve the area under the Bush Forever program," he said.