Discovery Parks - Coogee Beach Development
The G’day Group, parent company of Discovery Holiday Parks, hopes to invest over $15m in upgrading its Coogee Beach property. Leased from Council, the park is tired in and dire need of investment. While it has the potential to become a great tourism asset for the region, and is prime beachfront land that the whole community should be able to enjoy, it has been decades since any significant upgrades have been made to the property.
A number of permanent residents reside in this property, and while most will be unaffected, there are a number who will need to relocate. These residents are tenants and as is standard in any tenant / landlord relationship, Discovery Parks has the ability to give notice to these residents and conclude these leases.
It is important to note, that these residents only lease land from Discovery Parks, not premises. They own the transportable premises they currently reside within, and their lease conditions stipulate that these structures must be transportable.
The proposed development is at least 12 months away and is dependent upon the City of Cockburn renewing Discovery Parks’ lease and development assessment. Any development would be subject to public consultation.
Should the development proceed, Discovery Parks plans to give more than 180 days (six months) notice to tenants. Understanding the social and economic impacts to our valued tenants, we will be working with them on a case-by-case basis regarding their relocation. While Discovery has no legal obligation to compensate tenants for ending a tenancy contract, where possible we will look to assist with relocation within the existing Coogee Beach property or elsewhere within our WA network.
With any development at least 12 months away, and subject to a lease and development approval, we are at the very beginning of this process. However, over the past five years (since being awarded the lease) Discovery has been transparent with residents about our plans for development. We formally announced these intentions in August 2020, and in February 2021 shared further information on our proposal along with information on those likely to be impacted.
Transparency with our residents is important to us, and we will continue to communicate throughout the development process. We also hope that this $15m + private investment on public land will result in a tourism precinct that West Australians can be proud of. The investment will also open up this prime beachfront land to the wider community, and we hope many West Australian families will choose to enjoy it.
For more information please see the City of Cockburn’s website.