Coun­cil tick for $25,000 in­ves­ti­ga­tion

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News - By JON BASSETT

MOS­MAN Park Coun­cil will dis­cuss spend­ing $25,000 on a bid for an ocean pool whose ad­vo­cates have left Cottesloe Beach.

“We think this project is well worth look­ing at, and also for the State Gov­ern­ment to come in and help start fi­nanc­ing it,” Mos­man Park coun­cil­lor Brett Pol­lock said at Tues­day’s meet­ing.

Ocean pools ad­vo­cate Tom Locke, backed by en­vi­ron­men­tal en­gi­neer Jorg Im­berger and hu­man ac­tiv­ity sci­en­tist John Bloom­field, briefed the coun­cil about a sea­wa­ter swim­ming pool for the el­derly, young and dis­abled at Mos­man Park beach last week.

Mr Locke has been lob­by­ing for the pool since he and other Cottesloe Surf Life Sav­ing Club swim­mers saw Ken Crew fa­tally at­tacked by a great white shark at North Cottesloe in 2000.

Last year, Mr Locke with­drew his pro­posal af­ter al­leged in­ac­tion by Cottesloe Coun­cil but that coun­cil will now in­ves­ti­gate his Cottesloe Groyne site and two other pool pro­pos­als for a fore­shore re­vi­tal­i­sa­tion plan this year in­stead.

Cr Pol­lock said a pool at Mos­man Park Beach would pro­vide a swim­ming op­tion for peo­ple pushed off their feet by a 30cm wave.

“This is not about sharks, it’s about try­ing to find a won­der­ful asset for Mos­man Park,” Cr Pol­lock said.

He said a com­mit­tee, not coun­cil staff, would in­ves­ti­gate the pool and its con­struc­tion price could be re­duced by al­ready-re­ceived of­fers of help from com­pa­nies, be­fore the State Gov­ern­ment may be asked for money.

“There’s no more main­te­nance costs than the boat ramp on the river,” he said.

Cr Zenda John­son said it was a “de­luded” claim the pool could be a global icon for the Town and ques­tioned why there were no costs when its con­cept had been worked on for 17 years.

“So where’s the busi­ness plan, and where’s the di­rec­tion?” Cr John­son asked.

Cr Jenna Ledger­wood said while she sup­ported a pool, the coun­cil al­ready had large projects, in­clud­ing re­vamp­ing Buck­land Hill that had not made progress.

“We can’t, as a small coun­cil, keep grab­bing great big projects,” Cr Ledger­wood said.

Mayor Ron Nor­ris said an in­ves­ti­ga­tion was worth­while to find out the vi­a­bil­ity of a pool at Mos­man Park Beach and some­one had to “take the lead”. Coun­cil agreed to al­lo­cate $25,000 to in­ves­ti­gate the pool dur­ing bud­get talks.

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