BUILDING has started on a training facility in Yanchep that also recently received registration approval.
Yanchep Beach Joint Venture (YBJV) is building part of Yanchep Institute on Yanchep Beach Road, near the police station.
The site will eventually house eight buildings, with one of the two currently underway due to become home to the institute for vocational education and training.
The second building has been earmarked to house collaborations with both a major WA university to undertake important research and with various Japanese companies for research on agricultural technology.
“Ultimately, the Yanchep CBD will be home to a street-based campus and we also hope to be able to establish a research based technology park,” YBJV chief executive Gin Wah Ang said.
“However, these initiatives won’t happen overnight or in a vacuum.
“It is vital that we incubate these important economic development opportunities now.
“There are some very exciting research and educational opportunities coming Yanchep’s way in near future.
“With agreements already in place I hope these projects will progress to the implementation stage.”
Welcoming the registration, Mr Ang said education and training were important to the growth and development of Yanchep as a strategic city centre.
“Not only is the industry an important employer in its own right, but also, vocational education infrastructure is an important precondition for both social and economic development,” he said.
“The Yanchep project is now moving from planning to the early stages of implementation and YBJV is now looking to establish a range of ‘soft’ and ‘hard’ infrastructure that is enabling and capacity building.”
The initial focus of the institute will be to promote and develop local youth employment opportunities.
YBJV is working with Yanchep District High School (YDHS) to develop and deliver a range of educational opportunities not previously available in the area.
“YDHS has been fantastic to work with as they understand the local issues and the needs of both their students and the future community,” YBJV executive manager Jon Kelly said.
YDHS deputy principal Sharon Taylor said the school looked forward to the partnership which could expand students’ education and employment prospects locally.
They have entered a two-year agreement where both educational institutions will partner to deliver training in foundations skills and construction to students.
Both the State Government and the City of Wanneroo require the Yanchep Two Rocks area to deliver 50,000 new local jobs, with the developer responsible for creating half of those.
If successful, it could relieve pressure on the Mitchell Freeway by reducing the number of people commuting to central Perth.
Mr Ang said the institute would grow with local demand, but State Government commitment to extending the railway to Yanchep would help deliver more sooner.
“The biggest threat to the economic development in Yanchep and the delivery of jobs is the lack of commitment to the extension of the northern suburbs railway to Yanchep,” he said.
With State government parties proposing different dates for the Yanchep station, confirmation of on the year of completion will not be likely before the election this March. However, in combination with recently lodged plans for the Yanchep town centre, the railway extension seems more likely than ever.
Original story published in the North Coast Times (9 August 2016) available at http://www.communitynews.com.au/north-coast-times/news/building-underway…