Foreshore facelift takes shape
COTTESLOE Council adopted a $12 million draft foreshore renewal masterplan on Tuesday.
The draft masterplan was developed as a detailed version of the council’s 2012 Foreshore Redevelopment Plan, but is missing its predecessor’s proposals for a toilet block south of the Indiana Restaurant, other toilets near Napier Street and a sea pool.
Mayor Jo Dawkins said the masterplan reflected strips such as Hastings Street in Noosa, Queensland, including more alfresco dining and a pedestrian-dominated Marine Parade along the current cafe and bar strip, opposite the beach’s main carpark.
She said improving the carpark and other upgrades would be the council’s first priority in the masterplan, but it was “ambitious” to get the work started by next winter because detailed plans and funding were needed from State and Federal governments.
Some funds could come from the $9 million sale of the Town’s works depot several years ago but how much and for which parts of the masterplan, was yet to be decided.
Mrs Dawkins said she had several positive responses to the masterplan from commercial property owners on the beach strip and she hoped the council’s improvements would prompt them all to improve their buildings because more people attracted to the foreshore would want to buy their coffees, beer or fish and chips.
The masterplan is at least the third concept for refurbishing the Cottesloe beachfront in the past decade but chief executive Mat Humfrey said it was needed to provide the details that could be costed to seek funding.
Mr Humfrey said any bottlenecks created by the proposed pedestriandominated alfresco strip could be dealt with by traffic changes in other parts of the suburb.