Beach pool plan to be stud­ied

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News - By JON BASSETT

COTTESLOE Coun­cil will in­ves­ti­gate the fea­si­bil­ity of beach pools af­ter giv­ing the nod to de­sign­ing the first parts of its con­tentious $26 mil­lion re­vamp of Cottesloe Beach.

“It is in­te­gral to any fore­shore plans that a beach pool study is done,” Mayor Jo Dawkins said at the coun­cil’s meet­ing last Tues­day.

Af­ter­wards, North Cottesloe ocean pool pro­po­nent Chris Shellabear said there were cases for his in­de­pen­dent and po­ten­tially gov­ern­ment-funded project and the de­sign put for­ward by ar­chi­tect Trevor Saleeba at Cottesloe Groyne.

How­ever, the coun­cil’s Fore­shore Re­newal Mas­ter­plan for the next five to 10 years, which took nine years to com­pile and had 460 sub­mis­sions in pub­lic com­ment un­til Jan­uary 27, does not in­clude a pool.

In­stead, coun­cil­lors de­cided to start de­sign­ing the plan’s least con­tro­ver­sial parts, com­pris­ing a new road beach south of the In­di­ana, new beach shel­ters, a foot­path east of Marine Pa­rade and an ad­ven­ture play­ground, with all con­struc­tion planned for this year.

The pub­lic com­ments will help re­vise con­cepts for chang­ing the John Dune Park carpark and ad­ja­cent fore­shore near Napier Street, the Cottesloe Beach ter­races and the beach path north of the In­di­ana.

A com­mit­tee com­pris­ing two coun­cil­lors and four res­i­dents, each with plan­ning, ar­chi­tec­ture and de­sign ex­per­tise, will set a char­ter out­lin­ing du­ties to de­velop the de­signs for the mas­ter plan’s ini­tial com­po­nents.

Larger pro­pos­als sup­ported in pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion, in­clud­ing re­duc­ing the size of the main carpark and re­build­ing the her­itage ter­races, will not be part of the ini­tial im­prove­ments.

The $26 mil­lion mas­ter plan is par­tially funded by some of the $9 mil­lion from the sale of the Town’s de­pot sev­eral years ago.

The re­port said the coun­cil would seek more State and Fed­eral gov­ern­ment fund­ing for the mas­ter plan, but could set aside about 25 per cent of the $6 mil­lion to $8 mil­lion it al­ready spent on fixed as­sets each year.

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