Cottes­loe ocean pool gets my vote

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Westernopinion -

I NOTED with in­ter­est your re­cent ar­ti­cle re­gard­ing con­sid­er­a­tion of an ocean pool at Cottes­loe as part of the Coun­cil’s de­lib­er­a­tions over the cur­rent Fore­shore study.

You may be in­ter­ested to know that in ad­di­tion to the North Cottes­loe pro­posal there is another and more log­i­cal pro­posal for a truly world-class ocean pool at Cottes­loe to ad­dress the safe swim­ming is­sue that the ar­ti­cle high­lights.

As a reg­u­lar beach user I am also very con­scious of the un­for­tu­nate change in beach cul­ture to which Chris Shellabear refers and sup­port the idea of a safe swim­ming fa­cil­ity at Perth’s premier beach.

The most suit­able lo­ca­tion for an ocean pool at Cottes­loe is on the south side of the ex­ist­ing groyne at Cottes­loe. This would be built on the ex­ist­ing sta­ble lime­stone shelf which also forms the foun­da­tion for most of the ex­ist­ing groyne.

This lo­ca­tion ad­ja­cent to the groyne pro­vides ideal ac­cess from the beach and ex­ist­ing paths and does not im­pact at all on the cliffs of Mudu­rup Rocks.

This lo­ca­tion is in a much more ac­ces­si­ble and busier beach lo­ca­tion than North Cottes­loe, and can pro­vide a ded­i­cated pool for kids and recre­ational users as well as a 50m train­ing pool.

Reg­u­lar beach users will note that the pro­posed semi- cir­cu­lar kids’ pool at this groyne lo­ca­tion is only me­tres away from the pre­vi­ous old kids’ pool which was highly pop­u­lar in past years.

This pro­posal puts the pool at one with the ocean and right on the beach­front as part of the busiest used part of the beach, pro­vides for the full range of users, and will pro­vide a ma­jor at­trac­tion along the lines of the very best of the Syd­ney rock pools.

TREVOR SALEEBA, Subiaco.

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