Big plans for carpark
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.
Ashlee Harrison and Rohan Milne on the Elizabeth Quay Carousel.