De­ci­sion on golf club safety fence de­ferred

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - South Perth South Perth -

SOUTH Perth coun­cil­lors have de­cided to de­fer the de­ci­sion to build a 24-me­tre high fence at the Royal Perth Golf Course de­spite im­pas­sioned pleas from Coun­cil­lor Ch­eryle Irons to think about peo­ple’s safety.

The coun­cil has been asked to ap­prove a pro­posed 24-me­tre high, 160-me­tre long safety screen fence along the bor­der of the course fac­ing Amherst Road in South Perth.

Royal Perth Golf Club Gen­eral Manager Brad Daw­son told the City the fence was re­quired as a num­ber of golf balls were be­ing hit out of the driv­ing range and land­ing in the car park or the ad­ja­cent sports club.

He said the safety fence was es­sen­tial to re­duce the risk of in­jury to peo­ple us­ing the car park and sport­ing fa­cil­ity.

The con­struc­tion of the fence would re­quire the re­moval of 59 City trees.

The club would be re­spon­si­ble for re­plac­ing the trees.

Coun­cil­lor Colin Cala moved pro­posed that the de­ci­sion be de­ferred to al­low for fur­ther con­sul­ta­tion and legal ad­vice on the risks to the club if the fence was not ap­proved.

He said the club had been there for 100 years and that, a few months ex­tra with­out a fence would not make a dif­fer­ence.

Cr Irons said the safety fence was not un­com­mon and most other cour­ses in Australia had them.

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