COCKBURN’S COURSE OF ACTION
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.