BAR­NETT BACKS IDEA FOR GOLF APART­MENTS

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Front Page - By JON BAS­SETT

THE Cottes­loe Golf Club has sup­port from Cottes­loe MLA Colin Bar­nett to in­ves­ti­gate build­ing apart­ments on a 5000sq m block of CClass re­serve that is part of the Swan­bourne course.

“As the Mem­ber for Cottes­loe I am sup­port­ive of the Cottes­loe Golf Club’s pro­posal to de­velop residential ac­com­mo­da­tion on a va­cant strip of land that sits within the club’s cur­rent lease area,” Mr Bar­nett said.

The 18-hole club at the in­ter­sec­tion of West Coast High­way and Al­fred Road has a 40-year lease op­po­site the $165 mil­lion Aria apart­ment de­vel­op­ment, which pro­motes a golf-play­ing lifestyle in its advertising.

Mr Bar­nett said the un­used land the club was in­ves­ti­gat­ing was un­likely to ever be used for another pur­pose and was not part of the State Gov­ern­ment’s as­set sales to re­duce debt.

“This is an ini­tia­tive of the Cottes­loe Golf Club and if the de­vel­op­ment was to pro­ceed, I do not an­tic­i­pate any ad­verse im­pacts on nearby res­i­dents,” he said.

Mr Bar­nett has writ­ten to the City of Ned­lands for its views on the club’s pro­posal.

Ned­lands Mayor Max Hip­kins said there had been ini­tial talks be­tween the club and coun­cil staff but trans­fer­ring a C-Class re­serve would be con­tro­ver­sial be­cause it was public open space and chang­ing its sta­tus could gen­er­ate public op­po­si­tion.

“At the same time the Gov­ern­ment is try­ing to in­crease hous­ing den­si­ties in Perth, it’s clear that we are go­ing to need all the parks we can get in the fu­ture,” Mr Hip­kins said

The club has asked the Depart­ment of Lands whether the land can be trans­ferred dur­ing its en­quiries in the past six months.

“There’s due process, so we can’t just go and buy the land,” club chief ex­ec­u­tive Troy O’Hern said.

Mr O’Hern said the club had not “even got to first base” with the in­quiry, which had prompted the depart­ment to tell the club any trans­fer process could be long and com­pli­cated.

He said the club only wanted to ex­plore its op­tions and the in­quiry had not been prompted by the Gov­ern­ment’s as­set sales, but it was un­likely club mem­bers would dis­cuss it at their an­nual gen­eral meet­ing in Novem­ber.

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