Keep­ing beach safe for all

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News - By JON BAS­SETT

A PLAY­GROUND would be moved to make way for wind­surfers and kitesurfers would get a new shower fa­cil­ity if the gov­ern­ing bod­ies of both wa­ter sports adopt a Cottes­loe Coun­cil pro­posal for them to stop us­ing a beach op­po­site Deane Street, on Marine Pa­rade, all year round.

“This is not a ques­tion of tak­ing Deane Street away from them, it’s about keep­ing the gen­eral area avail­able for gen­er­a­tions of kiters to come, and stop­ping ac­ci­dents,” WA Kite Surf­ing As­so­ci­a­tion (WAKSA) pres­i­dent Drew Nor­ton said.

In 2013, East Vic­to­ria Park kiter Marc Sprod was killed at the Deane Street site, known as the Tele­phone Box break, there been re­ports of kites fall­ing on cars, the road, roofs of nearby homes and nar­rowly miss­ing other beach users.

De­spite the dan­gers, Tele­phone Box re­mains pop­u­lar with kiters be­cause of its surf breaks, off-street park­ing and shower, de­spite the beach about 150m south be­ing the un­of­fi­cial zone for the sport in a hand­shake agree­ment be­tween the coun­cil and WAKSA. surf and have

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At the coun­cil’s De­cem­ber 14 meet­ing, it was agreed to seek pub­lic com­ment on chang­ing lo­cal laws to make the un­of­fi­cial zone – be­tween Rosendo Street and the Dutch Inn Groyne – a for­mal kitesurf­ing and wind­surf­ing area.

Mr Nor­ton said WAKSA wanted com­mon­sense to pre­vail and for kiters to move to the for­mal area so no bans or fines would be needed.

He said WAKSA’s sub­mis­sion to the coun­cil would ask that no kites be al­lowed to launch or land at Tele­phone Box, but they could use the area 200m off­shore.

The as­so­ci­a­tion will lobby for an­other for­mal area south of Swan­bourne SLSC to pre­vent over­crowd­ing.

Since the late 1970s, wind­surfers have used the grassed area be­side a more re­cent play­ground near the Dutch Inn Groyne, 500m south of Tele­phone Box, and used a gen­tle beach path to carry rigged boards to the beach.

The pro­posal for a for­mal wa­ter sports area fol­lowed a re­port that a per­son in the play­ground was hit by wind­surf­ing equip­ment re­cently.

WA Wind­surf­ing pres­i­dent Tim Bra­zier said he would have to fully con­sider the coun­cil’s pro­posal for a for­mal zone, but mov­ing the play­ground would ben­e­fit wind­surfers and other beach users.

The coun­cil will bud­get for the shower and mov­ing the play­ground, and is ex­pected to con­sider com­ment about the pro­posed change in March.

Un­der the coun­cil pro­posal, kitesurf­ing and wind­surf­ing would be moved from the nar­row beach at the Tele­phone Box surf break.

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WAKSA pres­i­dent Drew Nor­ton.

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