Cott takes the plunge Doctored images never ordered
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”.