Logo deals for towers
COTTESLOE councillors have rejected a proposal that would have put the Town’s emblem on shark attack watchtowers at Cottesloe beaches.
“We should delete the council’s signs to help reduce visual pollution,” Cr Jay Birnbrauer said at last week’s meeting.
Cottesloe Surf Life Saving Club wanted formal approval for beach windbreaks that have carried commercial logos for about 20 years during club events, and possibly one sponsor’s logo on each of its two watchtowers.
North Cottesloe SLSC wanted approval for three logos for a television station on its watchtowers, with the council being given the remaining side of the structure.
Cr Sandra Boulter said she was unconvinced the towers and the logos still did not need development approval.
However, chief executive Matt Humfrey said the WA Planning Commission (WAPC) had advised the council the towers did not need approval because they were portable and not fixed to the ground.
Replying to Cr Boulter, Mayor Jo Dawkins said councillors should be aware the clubs’ volunteers patrolled the beaches at weekends without council subsidies, and the clubs bought all rescue equipment while providing a “huge community service”.
It was agreed the spaces created by removing council’s logo remain blank, but remaining signs and the windbreaks be subject to all necessary approvals, which the staff would reconfirm with the WAPC.