Beach to be transformed

Coogee Beach Progress Association members Daryll Smith and Geoffrey Sach. Picture: Martin Kennealey www.communitypix.com.au d419573
Coogee Beach Progress Association members Daryll Smith and Geoffrey Sach. Picture: Martin Kennealey www.communitypix.com.au d419573

A master plan put to councillors last week outlined in six stages how more than $4.1 million will be spent addressing demands and pressures on the site.

Increased social opportunities will be created through a modified playground, new exercise equipment and a half-court basketball court. Additional barbecue facilities and an extended cafe area will also be built.

Further parking bays will be opened up in the northern carpark through reconfiguration of the space already there. Demand for spots is always high, particularly since the shark barrier was installed in December.

There is also a proposal to create a new dedicated access road to the Holiday Park directly off Cockburn Road. The current access point would be closed to reduce the impact on people walking from the central carpark to the recreational space.

Main Roads would have to be consulted for any proposed changes to Cockburn Road

Coogee Beach Progress Association member Daryll Smith said the plan, to be put out for community consultation for six weeks, was ‘a step in the right direction’.

‘There were a number of aspects we wanted to improve including beautification and the facilities,’ he said. ‘We also wanted to improve car parking. I think, generally, that has been addressed. It’s a good basis.’

Despite being a founding member of the Coogee Beach SLSC, Mr Smith said he was not sad to see the old clubhouse go.

‘We outgrew it very early on,’ he said. ‘We had to move on so I’m not sad to see it go.’

Details
STAGE 1 – Demolish old surf club and install underground power, $160,500
STAGE 2 – Upgrades to Poore Grove and overflow parking, $790,000
STAGE 3 – Upgrades to cafe and northern carpark, $1.2 million
STAGE 4 – Upgrades to central carpark and a new holiday park entry, $730,000
STAGE 5 – Revegetation and upgrades to public open space, $1 million
STAGE 6 – Upgrade to holiday park site, including new artworks, $270,000