Alkimos, Western Australia

Infobox Australian Place | type = suburb
name = Alkimos
city = Perth
state = wa



caption = Looking south along Alkimos Beach towards wreck.
lga = City of Wanneroo
area = 13
postcode= 6038
dist1 = 42 | dir1 = NNW | location1 = Perth
fedgov = Pearce
stategov= Mindarie
near-nw =
near-n = Eglinton
near-ne = Carabooda
near-w = "Indian Ocean"
near-e = Carabooda
near-sw =
near-s = Jindalee
near-se = Butler
coord|-31.607|115.669|type:city(0)_region:AU-WA_scale:50000|format=dms|display=title

Alkimos is a presently unpopulated suburb convert|42|km|mi|0 north-northwest of the central business district of Perth, the capital of Western Australia alongside the Indian Ocean. The suburb is within the City of Wanneroo local government area. For the most part, the suburb is covered in native banksia woodland, scrubland and heath typical of the Swan Coastal Plain.

Alkimos 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. The area is part of the Alkimos-Eglinton region being considered by the State Government for a future city centre and urban region.

History

Alkimos is named after the shipwreck of the Greek freighter "Alkimos" which ran aground on the coast nearby in 1963. [LandInfo WA|m|A|2007-05-15]

Future Plans

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. [ [http://www.parliament.wa.gov.au/parliament/sitsched.nsf/AllDocs/CC26C79061BA015A482570900016D4B9/$file/AV371075.pdf?OpenElement Votes and Proceedings] , No.75, WA Legislative Assembly, 10 May 2006. Accessed 29 September 2006.] [ [http://www.landcorp.com.au/portal/page?_pageid=212,138332&_dad=portal&_schema=PORTAL Alkimos-Eglinton] , LandCorp, 2005. Accessed 29 September 2006.] 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. [ [http://www.epa.wa.gov.au/article.asp?ID=2158&area=News&CID=18&Category=Media+Statements EPA Bulletin 1207 - Alkimos-Eglinton MRS Amendment 1029/33] , Environmental Protection Authority, 21 November 1995. Accessed 29 September 2006.] When the town is developed, a proposed extension of the Joondalup railway line will see three stations in the area.

Geography

Alkimos lies roughly between the proposed Mitchell Freeway to the east and the Indian Ocean to the west.Streetsmart WA|maps=Maps 128-129]

Alkimos had a nil population at the ABS 2001 census. [Census 2001 AUS|id=SSC51016|Alkimos (State Suburb)|2007-06-28|
]

Facilities

Alkimos has no conventional facilities at the present stage and is inaccessible by road. Eglinton Rocks and the Alkimos wreck can be viewed from the coastline, where almost untouched beaches are accessible by sandtrack. The suburb offers a wide array of native scrubland, woodland and heath, varying in condition from excellent to completely degraded, and including Xanthorrhoea preissii (commonly known as "black boys"), banksia, sheoak and Nuytsia floribunda. Some degradation has occurred due to uncontrolled vehicular access, clearing for stock grazing, fire and rabbits. [ [http://www.planning.wa.gov.au/comment/amendments/1029/EnviroReports/1%20Environmental%20Review.pdf Environmental Review: Alkimos/Eglinton (MRS Amendment 1029/33)] , WA Planning Commission, 2003, p.45 etc. (Large PDF)]

Transport

Alkimos is inaccessible by road. Plans to extend Marmion Avenue through the area in 2008-2009 are in progress.

References

External links

* [http://www.wapc.wa.gov.au/Publications/646.aspx Metropolitan Region Scheme Amendment 1029/33 Alkimos-Eglinton] - Download (6MB)


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