New zone set to land

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Streetwatch - By JON BAS­SETT

KITESURFERS and wind­surfers will be banned ex­cept at a new of­fi­cial zone about 1km south of Cottes­loe Beach if Cottes­loe Coun­cil adopts a new lo­cal law this month.

“If the lo­cal law goes through as ad­ver­tised, that’s the only place that they will be able to launch and land,” chief ex­ec­u­tive Mat Hum­frey said.

A re­cent coun­cil let­ter to those who com­mented on the pro­posal said rig­ging, launch­ing and land­ing would be al­lowed be­tween the Ma­rine Pa­rade in­ter­sec­tions of Rosendo and Beach streets, com­pris­ing a 300m stretch from north of the Dutch Inn groyne.

“But not per­mit­ted to use all other beach fore­shores,” the let­ter said.

Mr Hum­frey said the of­fi­cial zone could still be used to go off­shore along Cottes­loe’s 4km coast and any­one con­cerned about no ac­cess at other beaches should con­tact the coun­cil.

Coun­cil-pro­posed im­prove­ments in the new zone in­cluded show­ers and mov­ing the play­ground at Dutch Inn, while sub­mis­sions sug­gested re­build­ing beach paths and off-road park­ing.

The new zone is cur­rently the site of an un­of­fi­cial agree­ment: kiters use the beach at the end of Sal­vado Street, while wind­surfers have used ad­ja­cent Dutch Inn since the late 1970s.

Other un­of­fi­cial sites are oc­ca­sion­ally used by older and lo­cal kiters and wind­surfers on dog beaches at the south and north of Cottes­loe, while neigh- bour­ing Fre­man­tle and Cam­bridge coun­cils have des­ig­nated ar­eas on their beaches.

Cottes­loe’s law was pro­posed af­ter a com­plaint windsurfing equip­ment hit a per­son on land at the south­ern end of the new zone last year.

Re­peated near-misses be­tween kite surfers and the pub­lic have also been re­ported at Tele­phone Box, about 100m be­yond the new zone’s north­ern end, where East Vic­to­ria Park kiter Marc Sprod was killed in 2013.

West Aus­tralian Kitesurf­ing As­so­ci­a­tion (WAKSA) pres­i­dent Drew Nor­ton said he was aware of the po­ten­tial ban, but Cottes­loe was a high-pro­file lo­ca­tion, so ev­ery­one’s safety was fore­most in con­sid­er­ing a lo­cal law, and WAKSA would work to get an­other of­fi­cial zone south of Swan­bourne Surf Life Sav­ing Club in the City of Ned­lands.

Windsurfing WA (WWA) pres­i­dent Tim Bra­zier said it was sat­is­fied the new lo­cal law was eq­ui­table, but WWA mem­bers wanted the Dutch Inn im­prove­ments com­pleted and any new rules “phased-in” in a sum­mer.

Windsurfing and kitesurf­ing would only be al­lowed at Dutch Inn in Cottes­loe.

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