Unit plan for Frenchman Bay

Talitha WolfeAlbany Advertiser

Two-storey units could be built at Frenchman Bay as part of a proposed accommodation complex.

Plans for the $10 million tourist development opened for public comment on Tuesday.

Boasting 24 units, each with a double carport, the coastal complex will include a caretaker’s dwelling, a cafe and a kiosk, as well as visitor car parking and an additional boat-parking area. The proposed site has hosted several tourist accommodation.

However, it has remained vacant for more than a decade after the former caravan park, established in 1959, closed in 2006. According to the development application by proponens Harley Dykstra, the retreat wtill not only meet an accommodation supply shortfall, but will increase general amenity.

“The proposed development will provide increased convenience to the residents of nearby Goode Beach to purchase daily staples including milk and bread,” the application stated.

“Improved amenity will be provided to beach users and tourists.”

The self-contained accommodation is one of two major accommodation proposals for the area.

Plans for a 51-unit complex at Le Perouse Road in Goode Beach have been presented to the City of Albany.

Several concerns have been raised about the controversial multimillion-dollar resort during the public submission period, and the proponent, Ahola Planning, has since been granted an extension of time by the WA Planning Commission to respond to feedback.

The proposed tourism complexes will be about 2km apart.

The development application for the Frenchman Bay retreat will be available for inspection at the City of Albany’s North Road offices until April 3.

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