Testing the waters


Left: Annette Drenth, Alison Bolas, Brahma the dog and Jasmin Sutcliffe ride on the horse beach. Pictures: Matt Jelonek d457672. Leon Veale  kitesurfs. Port Coogee Beach. Shark barrier at Coogee Beach.
Testing the waters
Testing the waters
Testing the waters
Left: Annette Drenth, Alison Bolas, Brahma the dog and Jasmin Sutcliffe ride on the horse beach. Pictures: Matt Jelonek d457672. Leon Veale kitesurfs. Port Coogee Beach. Shark barrier at Coogee Beach.

AN inflatable water playground, concerts and beach volleyball could be part of future summers on the Cockburn coast.

A growing population and a boom in the number of people accessing Cockburn’s 15km coastline has prompted the council to work on developing its first coastal activities guide, with the document out for consultation.

Cockburn recreation and community safety manager Rob Avard said more visitors had meant more requests from different operations keen to set up somewhere between South Beach and Woodman Point.

Kite surfing schools, inflatable water playground providers, food and drink stall holders, concert organisers and even deck chair hire companies are among the interested parties to have put forward proposals.

“Without the guide, the City would not have a clear framework by which to manage the varying activities along the coast and this could lead to clashes between activities,” Mr Avard said.

An inflatable water playground would likely be set up in the shark barrier at Coogee Beach, but a location for a beach volleyball court has not been locked in.

While the coastal guide is a document for the future, more traditional uses of the coast will not be forgotten.

The horse exercise area between Cockburn’s northern boundary and the beach at CY O’Connor Reserve allows horse trainers to walk and run their steeds between 4am and 8am.

The stretch was used for the state’s first official horse race in October 1833 and Mr Avard said there was no proposal for change.

Randwick Stables manager Alison Bolas welcomed that news.

“It’s a great facility for the horses, both for their fitness and their wellbeing,” she said.

“And it’s great for the community. Lots of kids and tourists come up to us to get photos with the horses.”

Public consultation on the draft Coastal Activities Guide closes at 4.30pm on August 19. Visit www.cockburn.wa.gov.au.