Risky golf balls lead to Cottesloe upgrade plan
A 24ha slice of Cottesloe beachside land is in line for a $100 million revamp.
Ageing facilities and concerns about wayward golf balls hitting people have the Town of Cottesloe considering options to upgrade land adjacent to Marine Parade that includes a heritage-listed golf course, football and rugby grounds and a kindergarten.
Although sporting groups have mostly welcomed the prospect of better facilities, there are concerns the plan could be “almost terminal” for the Sea View Golf Club if it is forced to shut while work is carried out. Under a councilcommissioned draft master plan, the golf course could be reconfigured to address problems with people being hit by golf balls.
An access road, over which golfers now have to hit their balls, could be closed.
The plan, which will be released for public comment, also recommends demolishing the kindergarten to build a new one, consolidating clubhouses for neighbouring groups, upgrading lights and making the football oval regulation size to open the way to higherlevel competition.
It also raised the possibility of a minigolf course for the northwest corner of the site, which could be a tourism drawcard.
Sea View president Bill Cox said the plan to upgrade facilities was “a terrific idea” but he believed reconfiguring the golf course would require the club to close for two years.
“I see that as being almost terminal for the club,” he said. “While I love the idea, what’s been put forward hasn’t thought through some of the big issues.”
Mr Cox said improving facilities and consolidating the clubhouses into one new structure were good ideas. “The concept is good — the report’s not quite good enough and the plan is horrendous, is really what it comes down to,” he said.
Cottesloe Magpies Junior Football Club president Jamie Murdoch said the facilities at the club were among the worst in the metropolitan area and needed upgrading. However, given the high price tag he was cautious about whether it would happen.
“We are hopeful that . . . we may be able to work with the Town of Cottesloe and the other sporting club and residents who use the space to work up some practical shorter-term solutions that will help alleviate the safety and space concerns that we experience each year,” he said.
The proposed redevelopment would be staged and probably need a combination of funding, potentially including State and Federal government contributions, community fundraising and sponsorship, possibly in return for naming rights.
Cottesloe junior players Alex Payne, Ryan Davey, Maggie Mascot, Archie Murdoch and Yannik Sullivan.