Cottesloe beach access paths to be rebuilt

Cottesloe beach access paths to be rebuilt

COTTESLOE’S 27 beach access paths will be rebuilt after the town’s council created a six-member committee to oversee the works lasting several years.

Mayor Jo Dawkins said she expected input to the committee from representatives for the disabled in the community but all the paths could not be designed for those with physical disabilities.

The path replacements have been sparked by the increasing cost of maintaining some of the dilapidated steps and log railings

Many of the older structures were informal tracks before the council was able to intervene to create more environmentally sensitive paths.

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“In recent years, works staff have spent an increased amount of time undertaking regular repairs, which are mainly required due to the age and wear and tear of the infrastructure,” a staff report said.

The committee, comprising three councillors and representatives from residents, the ICEA Foundation and Cottesloe Coast Care, will use a beach path style guide developed by Peppermint Grove-based environmental designers Blackwell and Associates.

Submissions to the committee about the specific needs of user groups for each path can be sent to the council during this month.