Logo deals for tow­ers

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Western Opinion - By JON BAS­SETT

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.

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