THE City of Melville is investigating options for interim dining facilities at Deep Water Point Reserve after Deep Water Point Cafe shut late last month.
Melville chief executive Shayne Silcox said the City was assessing an application from Dome Coffee Group to replace Deep Water Point Cafe but had not expected it to close so soon.
“We’ve only just became aware the current cafe would be closing,” he said. “While Deep Water Point is closely located to both the Canning Bridge Precinct and local Mt Pleasant cafes and shops, the City is currently looking into options for the provision of temporary facilities at the site.”
Dr Silcox said that the period for public comment on the Dome application had closed on July 27 and it was too soon to determine when a new facility might open.
Booragoon resident Glyn Williams, a regular visitor to Deep Water Point Reserve, said it was disappointing he and his friends were left with no dining options.
“I’ve been going to Deep Water Point Reserve for many years along with a number of friends,” he said. “We’re not concerned so much about another person taking over the cafe as what appears to be the disruption of a very well-attended and much-loved social gathering point.”
The new cafe is part of a wider upgrade to Deep Water Point Reserve, which received a new jetty in 2014. Dr Silcox said that if the City was able to successfully secure funding and budget approvals, a planned boat ramp and carpark would be completed around September 2018.