Ocean pool idea hits the rocks
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.