New zone set to land
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.