Near-miss prompts higher fenc­ing at Em­ble­ton Golf Course

Eastern Reporter - - Front Page - Kristie Lim

A CLOSE call last week in which a two-year-old child was al­most hit by a golf ball has prompted Bayswa­ter Coun­cil to take ur­gent ac­tion to in­crease fenc­ing at Em­ble­ton Golf Course.

The nine-hole course, built in the 1960s, is man­aged by Golf Or­a­cle Pty Ltd.

Coun­cil­lor Sally Palmer called for a re­view of safety at and around the course as ur­gent busi­ness at the July 24 coun­cil meet­ing af­ter an in­crease in safety con­cerns from res­i­dents.

Cr Palmer’s al­ter­nate mo­tion for the coun­cil to ur­gently take in­ter­nal mea­sures to in­crease course safety was passed.

Mea­sures in­clude chang­ing fair­way po­si­tions away from at-risk bound­aries, in­creas­ing in­ter­nal fenc­ing and veg­e­ta­tion – es­pe­cially be­tween the eighth and ninth fair­way and to the right of the first hole – and mov­ing the ninth tee back to in­crease the dis­tance to fence.

The es­ti­mated cost was $45,000.

Cr Palmer said she had re­ceived “masses of com­plaints” over an 18-month pe­riod, in­clud­ing a phone call from the mother of a two-year-old child who al­most got hit by a golf ball just af­ter 5pm on July 19.

“The child was in the push chair with the mother and the golf ball came and lit­er­ally landed cen­time­tres away from the child’s head,” she said.

“The mother phoned me straight away; she was ob­vi­ously very, very con­cerned and shaken and so would I be.

“Once the Thurs­day night in­ci­dent oc­curred, the CEO, the di­rec­tor, the Mayor and my­self re­ally had to put our heads to­gether.

“I be­lieve (Mayor) Dan Bull and CEO went down to see the par­ents who saw first-hand where the golf balls fly over the fenc­ing.”

Cr Palmer said she had many pic­tures of golf balls land­ing on peo­ple’s gar­dens and bins.

“The Em­ble­ton course is a great pub­lic course so more peo­ple are play­ing golf and peo­ple want to live near the golf course, but we have to ac­knowl­edge that we need to keep them safe,” she said.

Cr Stephanie Gray said when the golf course was built in the 1960s, houses were all sin­gle storeys.

Many had since been de­vel­oped into two storey houses, which had higher risks of dam­age.

A coun­cil re­port said a two-month no­tice to Golf Or­a­cle was re­quired for any work or re­de­vel­op­ment un­less the work was deemed ur­gent.

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An ex­am­ple of fenc­ing at Em­ble­ton Golf Course.

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