In­di­ana works pri­ori­tised

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News - By JON BAS­SETT

A $4.7 mil­lion re­de­vel­op­ment of the In­di­ana Cottes­loe to solve the prob­lem of its stink­ing public toi­lets and other lease is­sues has been pro­posed to be pri­ori­tised be­fore other im­prove­ments at Cottes­loe Beach.

“How we are look­ing at this is that the In­di­ana will pro­ceed, sub­ject to com­mu­nity con­sul­ta­tion, and the fore­shore re­fur­bish­ment plan will fol­low from that,” Cottes­loe Mayor Jo Dawkins said.

At last week’s meet­ing, coun­cil­lors ac­cepted a heads of agree­ment (HoA) al­low­ing the coun­cil and res­tau­rant op­er­a­tor In­di­ana Tea House Ltd to rene­go­ti­ate the 50-year ground lease dat­ing from 1994.

The coun­cil and some ratepay­ers claimed the lease caused con­flict about the re­spon­si­bil­ity for clean­ing and main­tain­ing the toi­lets, which can be­come blocked and also suf­fer mi­nor van­dal­ism dur­ing peak beach use.

The public now has six weeks to com­ment on a busi­ness plan for the res­tau­rant’s re­de­vel­op­ment, be­fore any talks about a po­ten­tial new 15-year lease with a 10-year op­tion.

The pro­posed re­de­vel­op­ment in­cludes re­mov­ing a lower-level kiosk to cre­ate a breeze­way that may ven­ti­late the toi­lets, and a new kiosk on a con­crete deck be­tween the res­tau­rant and ad­ja­cent Marine Pa­rade.

Coun­cil chief ex­ec­u­tive Mat Hum­frey said the re­de­vel­op­ment work would mean the res­tau­rant may not have front ramp ac­cess for at least one sum­mer and ways to lessen the work’s im­pact on the busi­ness would have to be dis­cussed, but a new lease was re­quired.

“Public fa­cil­i­ties should be main­tained and con­trolled by lo­cal gov­ern­ment,” Mr Hum­frey said.

Be­fore a re­de­vel­oped res­tau­rant could open in mid-2017, it is pro­posed the $4.6m cost be split be­tween the State Gov­ern­ment ($1.775m), the res­tau­rant ($1.3m) and the re­main­der from the coun­cil.

Cottes­loe MLA Colin Bar­nett said he would take the coun­cil’s re­quest for fund­ing to the next round of State Bud­get meet­ings.

Cottes­loe Mayor Jo Dawkins and ar­chi­tect Si­mon Ro­drigues hold a model of a re­vamped In­di­ana Cottes­loe.

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