Town launches bid for surfers

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Rosendo and Beach streets, near the Dutch Inn Groyne.

The pro­posal fol­lowed a re­port of a wind­surfer’s equip­ment hit­ting a mem­ber of the pub­lic near the groyne.

The re­port trig­gered long­stand­ing coun­cil and res­i­dents’ con­cerns about pub­lic safety at the ad­ja­cent Tele­phone Box surf break, about 300m north of the groyne, where kiter Marc Sprod was killed in 2012.

A coun­cil staff re­port said the sub­mis­sions high­lighted the dif­fer­ent safety pro­files of kitesurf­ing and wind­surf­ing, and rec­om­mended re­plac­ing the pro­posed re­stric­tion with a full re­view of the lo­cal laws for beaches, which in­cluded def­i­ni­tions of the wa­ter­sports.

It was agreed re­build­ing the beach foot­path used by most kitesurfers op­po­site Sal­vado Street would be a pri­or­ity.

A shower and car bays would be con­structed nearby, be­fore up­grad­ing three ad­join­ing beach paths. The play­ground near the groyne will be moved so wind­surfers and the pub­lic do not clash.

“In a con­vo­luted way, this is a good ap­proach,’ Cr Sally Pyvis said.

For the next 12 months, the coun­cil will mon­i­tor kitesurfers’ and wind­surfers’ use of the im­proved area be­tween Rosendo Street and the groyne, be­fore de­cid­ing whether the re­stric­tions are in the new lo­cal law.

Kiters will be en­cour­aged to use the fore­shore be­tween Rosendo and Princes streets, and wind­surfers be­tween Princes Street and the groyne.

The Town of Cottes­loe is plan­ning up­grades to at­tract kitesurfers and wind­surfers.

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