Risky golf balls lead to Cottes­loe up­grade plan

The West Australian - - NEWS - Kate Emery

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.

Picture: Si­mon Santi

Cottes­loe ju­nior play­ers Alex Payne, Ryan Davey, Mag­gie Mas­cot, Archie Mur­doch and Yan­nik Sullivan.

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