Ocean pool pro­po­nent pleased to see oth­ers in the swim

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News -

OCEAN pool pro­po­nent Tom Locke has wel­comed an alternative bid to build a 50m-long geo­ther­mal heated sea pool on lawns im­me­di­ately south of Barchetta Cafe in North Cottes­loe.

“Any­where where we start cre­at­ing an ocean pool, oth­ers will learn from it,” Mr Locke told the West­ern Suburbs Weekly.

He and other swim­mers had lob­bied for a Cottes­loe ocean pool since their friend Ken Crew was killed by a great white shark while swim­ming in 2000 at North Cottes­loe.

The Ocean Pools WA group Mr Locke now leads is not as­so­ci­ated with a pro­posal from real es­tate agent Greg Shellabear for the Olympic pool near the cafe that could also cre­ate a pi­azza-style in­ter­sec­tion at the end of Eric Street, op­po­site the Ocean Beach Hotel.

Mr Locke said an above sea level pool ap­peared to be linked to the hotel’s fu­ture, but his con­cept for ocean pools at sea level else­where on the coast was pro­gress­ing af­ter he with­drew from Cottes­loe cit­ing a lack of re­sponse from the Town’s coun­cil last year.

He said the North Cottes­loe pro­posal faced an­tic­i­pated global warm­ing-in­duced ero­sion and other coun­cils look­ing at sea­walls to com­bat the threat should also con­sider ocean pools.

Next week, Cottes­loe ratepay­ers get their last chance to pro­vide design ideas for their coun­cil’s longdis­cussed $26 mil­lion Fore­shore Re­newal Mas­ter Plan for their 4.5km coast, with­out ei­ther Mr Locke’s or Mr Shellabear’s pro­pos­als.

The plan’s first and sec­ond stages, to be con­ducted over sev­eral years, in­clude $800,000 for a new toi­let block, $4.4 mil­lion on new pave­ments and a $3.7 mil­lion board­walk built in $1.68 mil­lion and $2.08 mil­lion sec­tions.

There has been $88,000 set aside for beach show­ers, $28,000 for fit­ness equip­ment, $60,000 for shade sails and $5.6 mil­lion for un­de­tailed con­tin­gency spend­ing.

Com­ments were due last Fri­day.

“Given that many peo­ple are ei­ther away or still in hol­i­day mode this date could be prob­lem­atic for those wish­ing to make a sub­mis­sion,” Cottes­loe Res­i­dents and Ratepay­ers As­so­ci­a­tion sec­re­tary Yvonne Hart said.

The dead­line is now Fe­bru­ary 13, be­fore which a ratepayer work­shop will dis­cuss the plan.

The work­shop is at Cottes­loe Civic Cen­tre, Broome Street, 7pm9pm, next Thurs­day, with RSVPs to info@cot­trandr.org.

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