Depot site talks still in the works
COTTESLOE Council’s saga surrounding a new works depot continued last month as councillors rejected using a site at Sea View Golf Club.
Cr Mark Rodda said he did not think a works depot was appropriate in a golf club and next to a kindergarten and residents.
The saga started about 15 years ago when the council began debating what to do with its former Nailsworth Street depot. The site was eventually sold for $9.1 million in 2013.
The money is being used to write off some of the council's debt and underpins planned improvements to the foreshore.
The sale left trucks and council workers to commute to a privately leased site near Signal Hill in Fremantle.
In July 2010, disgruntled residents neighbouring the golf course caused the council to reject using the site for a proper depot, but in May 2011 councillors rescinded that motion.
Cottesloe had discussions with Mosman Park about using its Mccabe Street depot, but Cottesloe chief executive Mat Humfrey said last week there was no deadline for a resolution.
Mr Humfrey said there was no reason for the 2011-requested report to be brought back to the council before last month.
The course has a 470sq m depot with similar adjoining groundsman facilities, and any new proposal would result in the area being enlarged by 1000sq m. Councillors accepted staff advice that because the course was zoned for parklands the WA Planning Commission would be unlikely to accept any request for change.