Ocean pool safety ad­dressed

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News - By JON BAS­SETT

NEW ocean pool pro­po­nent Trevor Saleeba (65) has re­sponded to the con­cerns that stopped pre­vi­ous moves for an ar­ti­fi­cial safe swim­ming spot at Cottes­loe Groyne.

“Sure you’re go­ing to be out in a sea breeze, but as far as the pool is con­cerned you won’t be dis­turbed while you are swim­ming in it,” Mr Saleeba told the West­ern Sub­urbs Weekly.

An ar­chi­tect, Mr Saleeba pro­poses a pool us­ing sea­wa­ter on the south side of the groyne af­ter be­ing “un­der­whelmed” by the fact no sim­i­lar fa­cil­ity in Cottes­loe Coun­cil’s pro­posed $26 mil­lion fore­shore re­fur­bish­ment plan was con­sid­ered af­ter pub­lic sub­mis­sions last month.

On Feb­ru­ary 6, Mr Saleeba got the sup­port of long-time Cottes­loe ocean pool pro­po­nent Tom Locke, who last year pulled out of the town cit­ing coun­cil in­dif­fer­ence to his pro­posal for a pool north of the groyne.

Mr Locke has now given the new­comer full ac­cess his project’s en­gi­neer­ing, hy­drol­ogy and geo­ther­mal heat­ing re­search.

How­ever, Mr Locke, the State Gov­ern­ment and coun­cil in­quiries into shark bar­ri­ers and a com­mu­nity group push for a sea pool on nearby grass have all pre­vi­ously stalled be­cause of doubts about cap­i­tal and main­te­nance costs, storm sea­weed, nearby Mudu­rup Rocks’ Abo­rig­i­nal her­itage, other beach users’ op­po­si­tion and no ac­tual devel­op­ment ap­pli­ca­tions to the coun­cil.

Mr Saleeba said his pool was shel­tered from sea­weed from northerly storms but main­te­nance costs would have to be worked out in a fea­si­bil­ity study he would like the coun­cil to agree to soon.

He said most “nor­mal” wave ac­tion would not af­fect the pool 2m above its ad­ja­cent rock ledge, which it­self would dis­si­pate swells, and the Abo­rig­i­nal con­nec­tion was to nearby lime­stone caves blown up for safety in the past and out­side the pool’s ac­tual area.

Af­ter-hours safety is­sues could be solved by the groyne area be­ing sep­a­rated from the beach and the site had been cho­sen be­cause it was on sta­ble rocks like the ocean pools of Syd­ney.

Cottes­loe Mayor Jo Dawkins said Mr Saleeba’s sub­mis­sion about a pool would be con­sid­ered with all the pub­lic com­ment for the fi­nal devel­op­ment of the fore­shore plan.

“If there was to be a sep­a­rate fea­si­bil­ity study into a pool, then that would have to be de­cided by the coun­cil,” Mrs Dawkins said.

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