Decision on golf club safety fence deferred
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.