MORE access for disabled swimmers, new beach shelters and improving the main car park leads the first stage of a $12 million foreshore renewal of Cottesloe Beach.
“It was never going to be a whole project in one go, always going to be rolled out over a number of years, and never like ‘wham, bam, here’s $30 million and off you go’, like Scarborough Beach,” Mayor Jo Dawkins said.
At Cottesloe Council last week, the plan approved for public comment proposes the 2014-built ramp near Cottesloe Groyne is complemented by greater access to the Cottesloe SLSC boatshed, the lower promenade, the groyne, and the ramp itself.
“That means not only universal access for people of all abilities, but also greater use for the early-morning swimmers,” Mrs Dawkins said.
The plan proposes more and larger shade areas near the beach-end of the groyne which would replace the currently run-down cabanas.
The shelters would follow the curve of the beach, and council staff have indicated they would be satisfied if permanent structures were left all-year or they had to remove the tops of any lighter structures before winters.
New signs and their designs would allow the iconic beachfront to be used by a wider group of people, in addition to more shaded seating.
The plan also proposes to test new uses for the car park above the beach, opposite the Cottesloe Beach Hotel, including grower, food hawker and markets throughout the year.
Adjacent Marine Parade could have temporary tests of alternative traffic routes, and a seafood festival could be held during Sculptures by the Sea.
Mrs Dawkins said improvements to the beach’s limestone retaining walls would form part of the plan’s second stage, but all of its components would go to councillors for final approvals.
Comment on the plan’s first stage at www.cottesloe.wa.gov.au for the next two weeks.