COCK­BURN’S COURSE OF AC­TION

Cockburn Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - Ben Smith

The long-term fu­ture of golf rests at Coogee, not ill-fated Glen Iris Golf Course.

COCK­BURN could be with­out a golf course for the bet­ter part of the next decade as the City of Cock­burn con­firmed it was push­ing ahead with long-term plans for a new fa­cil­ity in Coogee.

With the pri­vate­ly­owned Glen Iris Golf Course set to close within days, the City of Cock­burn’s vi­sion for its own $8.6 mil­lion Coogee Golf Com­plex is at the fore­front of coun­cil’s Com­mu­nity, Sport and Recre­ation Fa­cil­i­ties Plan 2018-2033.

How­ever, de­sign and con­struc­tion of the fa­cil­ity is not sched­uled un­til 202728, which would leave Cock­burn as one of the few Perth coun­cils with­out a golf course for at least the next seven years.

Cock­burn recre­ation and com­mu­nity safety man­ager Travis Moore said the City had al­ready com­pleted a fea­si­bil­ity study on the vi­a­bil­ity of a Coogee golf course.

“The rec­om­mended op­tion has mod­ern and en­vi­ron­men­tally sen­si­tive fa­cil­i­ties that will ap­peal to users of the course,” he said.

“The pro­posed lo­ca­tion of the course has no com­pet­ing cour­ses within 10km, a de­mo­graphic to sup­port the course, an ad­join­ing tourism precinct, good trans­port link­ages, promi­nence within the built en­vi­ron­ment and sweep­ing views of Cock­burn Sound.”

The pri­vately-owned 18hole Glen Iris course and ad­join­ing bar and restau­rant in Jan­dakot will shut its doors on Tues­day, with new owner East­court Prop­erty Group plan­ning to re­de­velop the 54.9h site into a res­i­den­tial com­mu­nity.

There has been lo­cal op­po­si­tion to the pur­chase and pro­posed de­vel­op­ment, with more than 300 peo­ple tak­ing part in a rally or­gan­ised by the Jan­dakot Res­i­dents and Ratepay­ers As­so­ci­a­tion on the week­end.

Glen Iris Lakes Golf Club pres­i­dent Roger Leeds said to lose the course was heart­break­ing and they had writ­ten to Par­lia­ment and coun­cil to sup­port the re­ten­tion of the Jan­dakot course.

“Once this course closes, there’s no pub­lic golf course be­tween Col­lier Park (South Perth) and Marri Park (Ca­sua­r­ina),” he said.

“We’ll travel to find some­where else to play, but we stand to lose mem­bers be­cause we’re not play­ing at Glen Iris.”

Jan­dakot Res­i­dents & Ratepay­ers As­so­ci­a­tion spokes­woman Leanne Chapronier­e said the res­i­dents and golf club would keep fight­ing to keep the golf course.

“Whether we’re go­ing to lose the bat­tle or not, our main aim is to try and get the City to buy it back,” she said.

The site is cur­rently zoned ‘Spe­cial Use No. 1’, which per­mits a golf course es­tate, pri­vate recre­ation, ho­tel, con­ven­tion cen­tre and as­so­ci­ated uses, mean­ing any re­de­vel­op­ment pro­posal for al­ter­nate uses of the land would be sub­ject to a for­mal re­zon­ing process, in­clud­ing coun­cil ap­proval and ex­ten­sive pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion.

East­court Prop­erty Group gen­eral man­ager Craig Matthews said the land pre­sented an op­por­tu­nity to cre­ate a new neigh­bour­hood in a grow­ing area and the vi­sion in­cluded parks and open spa­ces.

“The num­ber of golfers using the course had steadily de­clined over the past decade and as the golf course land and busi­ness are pri­vately owned, the de­ci­sion has been made to close the course and restau­rant,” he said.

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