Fore­shore facelift takes shape

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News - By JON BAS­SETT

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.

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