New path to beach ac­cess work

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Western Opinion -

COTTES­LOE’S 27 beach ac­cess paths will be re­built after the town’s coun­cil cre­ated a sixmem­ber com­mit­tee to over­see the works last­ing sev­eral years.

Mayor Jo Dawkins said she ex­pected in­put to the com­mit­tee from rep­re­sen­ta­tives for the dis­abled in the com­mu­nity but all the paths could not be de­signed for those with phys­i­cal dis­abil­i­ties.

The path re­place­ments have been sparked by the in­creas­ing cost of main­tain­ing some of the di­lap­i­dated steps and log rail­ings

Many of the older struc­tures were in­for­mal tracks be­fore the coun­cil was able to in­ter­vene to cre­ate more en­vi­ron­men­tally sen­si­tive paths.

“In re­cent years, works staff have spent an in­creased amount of time un­der­tak­ing reg­u­lar repairs, which are mainly re­quired due to the age and wear and tear of the in­fra­struc­ture,” a staff re­port said.

The com­mit­tee, com­pris­ing three coun­cil­lors and rep­re­sen­ta­tives from res­i­dents, the ICEA Foun­da­tion and Cottes­loe Coast Care, will use a beach path style guide de­vel­oped by Pep­per­mint Grove-based en­vi­ron­men­tal de­sign­ers Black­well and As­so­ciates.

Sub­mis­sions to the com­mit­tee about the spe­cific needs of user groups for each path can be sent to the coun­cil dur­ing this month.

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