Ocean pool idea hits the rocks

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News - Jon Bas­sett

COTTESLOE Coun­cil ap­pears to have pulled the plug on stage two of an ocean pool study but not to have scrapped the idea.

Coun­cil­lors last week voted down an al­ter­na­tive mo­tion to stop the pool project al­to­gether.

A staff rec­om­men­da­tion pro­posed spend­ing up to $72,000 on stage two for con­sul­tants Ad­visan to ex­am­ine the vi­a­bil­ity of a rock ledge pool south of Cottesloe Groyne, pro­posed by Subiaco ar­chi­tect Trevor Saleeba.

So far the coun­cil has spent $58,547 on the project in re­sponse to 1200 pub­lic sub­mis­sions calling for a pool. The sum in­cludes $45,535 spent on the first stage, which elim­i­nated other pool pro­pos­als.

Coun­cil­lor Rob Thomas said he was con­cerned.

“Now we’re be­ing asked to spend another $72,000; at the end of the day there is no guar­an­tee the re­port will say a pool is fea­si­ble and we’ve wasted $136,000,” Cr Thomas said.

Cr San­dra Boul­ter said the rock ledge site of­fered no pro­tec­tion from sea breezes, was too far from carparks and could not be ob­served for swim­mer safety and se­cu­rity.

Her al­ter­na­tive mo­tion to not go ahead with stage two of the study or in­ves­ti­gate other ocean pool op­tions and to re­lease the study’s first re­port was voted down by Mayor Philip Angers, who used his cast­ing bal­lot af­ter a 4-4 split be­tween coun­cil­lors.

“As no other mo­tion was fore­shad­owed dur­ing the de­bate, once that al­ter­na­tive mo­tion was lost that item of busi­ness was com­pleted and coun­cil moved on to the next or­der of busi­ness,” a coun­cil spokes­woman said.

The coun­cil did not re­ply to ques­tions on the ‘in limbo’ sta­tus of the pool.

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