Big plans for carpark

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Front Page - By JON BASSETT

THE en­tire 144-bay Cottes­loe Beach pub­lic carpark will be ripped up and re­placed, with new uses to be con­sid­ered over win­ter.

At Tues­day’s Cottes­loe Coun­cil meet­ing, coun­cil­lors agreed to re­move the carpark’s tar­mac, fi­nalise the de­tails for a guid­ing mas­ter plan and seek more funds af­ter al­lo­cat­ing $956,000 last De­cem­ber.

It would have cost the coun­cil $320,000 just to resur­face the crum­bling tar­mac.

Ac­tual work on new uses for the site will start only af­ter de­tailed de­signs for other im­prove­ments of the nearby fore­shore are com­pleted, the start of a fea­si­bil­ity study into an ocean pool, and cy­cling and pedes­trian ac­cess plans for the en­tire town.

“This will be ben­e­fi­cial to busi­nesses in the long term be­cause it is bet­ter for tourists to have an at­trac­tive, sun­shaded, wind-shielded area to en­joy the sun­set,” one of 217 pub­lic sub­mis­sions to the coun­cil pro­posal said.

Act­ing chief ex­ec­u­tive Gary Bird said it was now un­likely the carpark would be re­placed by next sum­mer.

Clos­ing it, which would send cars to the 355 bays at nearby Napier Street, was sup­ported by 133 (64 per cent) of those who sub­mit­ted pub­lic com­ment. There were 36 ob­jec­tions to re­mov­ing the carpark, 12 wanted it par­tially closed and 28 wanted par­tial clo­sure but needed more in­for­ma­tion.

Com­ments were re­quested on the area north of the In­di­ana restau­rant and the ad­ja­cent grass ter­races, four parts of the carpark and around the sunken am­phithe­atre.

A staff re­port said ideas in­cluded the full or par­tial re­design of the ter­races, while more grass and seat­ing was re­quested for un­in­ter­rupted sea views. Vis­it­ing food trucks were re­jected.

The pub­lic sug­gested bar­be­cues, cov­ered ta­bles and more trees at the north end that would blend into a po­ten­tial skate park and ac­tive area in­clud­ing a multi-use play area.

“Do not spend any ratepay­ers’ money on de­vel­op­ment and ac­tive area de­vel­op­ment; we want to keep it nat­u­ral and re­laxed,” one sub­mis­sion said.

Pic­ture: Matt Jelonek d481189

Ash­lee Har­ri­son and Ro­han Milne on the El­iz­a­beth Quay Carousel.

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