Buf­fer cost ac­cepted

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Street Watch - By JON BAS­SETT

CON­CERNS about spend­ing pres­sure did not stop Cottes­loe coun­cil al­lo­cat­ing an un­bud­geted $6500 for a land­scape buf­fer be­tween John Black Dune Park and the ex­panded Cottes­loe Ten­nis Club.

“I just think these funds could be bet­ter spent on play­ground equip­ment or drink­ing foun­tains, and I think we should be more fis­cally re­spon­si­ble,” coun­cil­lor Sally Pyvis said at the meet­ing last month.

The coun­cil backed the Napier Street club when it asked to ex­pand by 10 courts last year.

The ad­di­tions in­cluded creat­ing a natural area man­age­ment plan to reveg­e­tate the buf­fer be­tween the de­graded dune park and the club’s new courts.

The north­ern side of the buf­fer un­der coun­cil con­trol will cost $4000 to im­prove, while the re­main­ing $2500 is claimed costs in­curred by the club in its por­tion of the buf­fer.

Cr Philip Angers said $4500 would be spent any­way, so it was “only an ex­tra $2500”.

Chief ex­ec­u­tive Mat Hum­frey said the whole cost, af­ter con­sul­ta­tion with bush re­gen­er­a­tion vol­un­teers Cottes­loe Coast­care, was caused be­cause grass and ex­otic species could not be used.

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