Cott takes the plunge Doc­tored im­ages never or­dered

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News - Jon Bas­sett Vic­to­ria Ri­fici

COTTES­LOE Coun­cil is on the cusp of spend­ing up to $126,000 on con­sul­tants to ad­vise on the site of an ocean pool south of Cottes­loe Groyne pro­posed by ar­chi­tect Trevor Saleeba.

How­ever, the site is next to the Abo­rig­i­nal her­itage Mudu­rup Rocks and is on a rock ledge in the Cottes­loe Reef Habi­tat Pro­tec­tion Area.

At last month’s meet­ing, coun­cil­lors re­jected a $7720 quote for a re­port on the site’s Abo­rig­i­nal her­itage and en­vi­ron­men­tal im­pacts that could hin­der or stop the pro­posal.

“I un­der­stand this re­port is for con­sul­tants Ad­visian to ad­vise on in­for­ma­tion freely avail­able in the pub­lic realm,” Cr Sally Pyvis said.

Cr Pyvis said the in­for­ma­tion was in re­ports from pre­vi­ous years about the beach and fore­shore by con­sul­tants Cardno and an­thro­pol­o­gists Bar­bara Dob­son and Ken Macin­tyre.

Coun­cil­lors wanted Ad­visian to quote on a new re- port when they first con­sid­ered the $76,000 sec­ond stage of a fea­si­bil­ity study into an ocean pool in Septem­ber.

The coun­cil, which has pre­ferred the site as the most vi­able for an ocean pool, has spent an undis­closed amount less than the $50,000 al­lo­cated for the first stage of the study, which looked at sites north and south of the groyne.

Coun­cil­lors wanted Ad­visian’s re­port to know how those two fac­tors af­fected the pre­ferred site be­fore de­cid­ing on spend­ing an­other $72,000.

Cr Ron Thomas ques­tioned any need for an ocean pool in­stead of po­ten­tially cheaper al­ter­na­tives, in­clud­ing a shark bar­rier, which is part of a sep­a­rate coun­cil in­ves­ti­ga­tion into safe swim­ming de­vices.

“If coun­cil de­cides not to pro­ceed to the sec­ond stage of the fea­si­bil­ity study, staff will be in a po­si­tion to look at di­vert­ing these funds to an­other project, such as the univer­sal ac­cess path or shark bar­rier,” a coun­cil spokes­woman said. NEDLANDS res­i­dent Noelle Martin was just 18 when she re­alised dozens of im­ages of her­self posted on so­cial me­dia were be­ing pho­to­shopped on to porn.

The Mac­quarie Syd­ney law grad­u­ate had no idea she was a vic­tim of im­age­based abuse un­til she Google searched her on­line ac­tiv­ity.

“Out of cu­rios­ity I de­cided to Google my­self and this im­age re­verse search lets you look up an im­age and it tells you where it is on the in­ter­net,” she said.

“Re­gard­less of hav­ing the strictest pri­vacy set­tings on my so­cial me­dia, some­one was col­lect­ing my pho­tos for a long time be­fore I found out.

“They would jux­ta­pose me against im­ages say­ing it’s me, doc­tor­ing im­ages of me in all sorts of sex­ual po­si­tions and also edit­ing me into porno­graphic videos.”

Ms Martin was named West Aus­tralian Young Aus­tralian of the Year last week for her as­sis­tance in im­ple­ment­ing im­age-based abuse laws in Aus­tralia.

The 24-year-old fem­i­nist, ac­tivist and law re­formist spoke out about her ex­pe­ri­ence to help crim­i­nalise dis­tri­bu­tion of non-con­sen­sual in­ti­mate im­ages.

“I’m fight­ing for laws and global change and Aus­tralia has crim­i­nalised this but the prob­lem is this is a global is­sue, and there is only so much Aus­tralia can do be­cause we’re lim­ited by ju­ris­dic­tion,” she said.

Ms Martin said hav­ing her im­ages used with­out con­sent was a form of abuse.

She said she was still be­ing tar­geted by “cow­ards sitting be­hind a screen”.

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