Alkimos, Western Australia facts for kids
Perth, Western Australia
Looking south along Alkimos Beach towards wreck.
|Area:||13 km² (5.0 sq mi)|
|Location:||42 km (26 mi) NNW of Perth CBD|
|LGA:||City of Wanneroo|
For the most part, the suburb is covered in native banksia woodland, scrubland and heath typical of the Swan Coastal Plain. The area is part of the Alkimos-Eglinton region being considered by the State Government for a future city centre and urban region. On 5 November 2008, the WA State Government announced it was actively seeking a development partner for the project.
Alkimos lies roughly between the proposed Mitchell Freeway to the east and the Indian Ocean to the west. The locality is bounded to the north by Eglinton, to the east by Carabooda and to the south by the newly developed suburbs of Butler and Jindalee.
Alkimos is named after the shipwreck of the Greek freighter Alkimos which ran aground on the coast nearby in 1963. The wreck lies a few hundred metres off shore and is subject to a number of strange events and ghost stories.
There are future plans for an Alkimos-Eglinton Satellite City, covered by Amendment 1029/33 to the Metropolitan Region Scheme (May 2006). LandCorp, the State's land development agency, estimates that 55,000 people will live in the area once it is complete, that the centre will include "hospitals, tertiary educational institutions, major retail, commercial and recreational facilities" and that stage 1 blocks would be offered for sale in 2008. The Environmental Protection Authority, however, raised concerns in November 2005 about the amendment, saying that it "would, in part, be inconsistent with the conservation and protection of significant environmental and geoheritage values in the area", and recommended that the amount of reserves be greatly increased. When the town is developed, a proposed extension of the Joondalup railway line will see three stations in the area.
Amenities and facilities
Alkimos has no conventional facilities at the present stage. Eglinton Rocks and the Alkimos wreck can be viewed from the coastline, where almost untouched beaches are accessible by sandtrack which can be reached from the Marmion Avenue stretch. The suburb offers a wide array of native scrubland, woodland and heath, varying in condition from excellent to completely degraded, and including Xanthorrhoea preissii (traditionally known as "balga"), banksia, sheoak and Nuytsia floribunda. Some degradation has occurred due to uncontrolled vehicular access, clearing for stock grazing, fire and rabbits.
In 2008, Marmion Avenue was extended through the suburb, which had previously been unserviced by the road network. On 14 December 2008, the 490 Transperth service between Clarkson train station and Two Rocks was rerouted from Wanneroo Road to Marmion Avenue through the middle of Alkimos, operated by Veolia Transdev. As part of the satellite city proposals, the Joondalup Line will be extended through the area with a planned 3 stations, with possible names Alkimos, North Alkimos, & Eglinton.
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