Town launches bid for surfers
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.