Hon David Templeman Dip Tchg BEd MLA

Hon David Templeman Dip Tchg BEd MLA

Minister for Culture and the Arts; Sport and Recreation; International Education; Heritage

    King Neptune statue given heritage recognition within Sun City Precinct

    11/01/2023 1:00 PM
     
    • Sun City Precinct in Two Rocks added to the State Register of Heritage Places
    • Precinct includes the King Neptune statue, Two Rocks Marina and Shopping Centre, and the former Atlantis Marine Park site
    • Precinct represents State's first private residential, commercial and recreational investment project, dating from the 1970s

    The treasured Sun City Precinct (Precinct) in Two Rocks, which includes the Two Rocks Marina and Shopping Centre and the former Atlantis Marine Park site, has been included on the State Register of Heritage Places.

     

    The listing recognises the significant contribution the seaside precinct has made to our State's heritage, as the first residential, commercial and recreational investment project undertaken by a private company in the 1970s.

     

    In  1972, developers launched the Yanchep Sun City "leisure city" with the Two Rocks Marina to be built as a training base for the 1974 challenge for  the America's Cup.

     

    The Sun City Yacht Club was also established around this time and many of the streets in Two Rocks were named after yachts challenging for, or defending, the America's Cup.

     

    Plans for the development of the former Atlantis Marine Park were announced in 1981 and included the King Neptune statue - now a local landmark.

     

    The listing recognises the social and historical significance of the Precinct because of its role in contributing to the development of the Two Rocks and Yanchep region in the 1970s and 1980s.

     

    Comments attributed to Heritage Minister David Templeman:

     

    "In the early 1970s the Sun City Precinct development put Two Rocks and the Yanchep region on the map - in more ways than one. 

     

    "The precinct marketed this beautiful part of our State to Western Australians, Australians and the international market, as both a recreational hotspot and residential development.

     

    "Today, the area connects many Western Australians, and particularly the local Two Rocks and Yanchep communities, to the memories and experiences of that time.  

     

    "This listing ensures that the cultural heritage values of the Sun City Precinct will continue to be recognised by future generations of Western Australians."

     

    Comments attributed to Butler MLA John Quigley:

     

    "This has been a huge effort by the local community to get King Neptune and the surrounding precinct recognised for its heritage value.

     

    "I am delighted that the Minister for Heritage has determined the Precinct should be included on the State Register of Heritage Places.

     

    "It is a win for the local community and a win for heritage in our State."

     

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