Cottesloe ramps up designs for disabled swimming

Cottesloe Beach.
Cottesloe Beach.

COTTESLOE Council wants the rest of Perth to chip in for a $619,566 concrete ramp and path which would allow those with disabilities to swim at Cottesloe Beach.

“Cottesloe Beach is used by a lot of non-Cottesloe residents,” Cr Sally Pyvis said.

At July’s meeting, councillors agreed to ask the State Government or other organisations to help fund a universal access path on the north side of Cottesloe Groyne.

It was agreed any successful design should be developed from tender documents that will now be sent to consultants as one of the first parts of the council’s foreshore renewal plan.

Previously some councillors have argued State governments of both parties should have contributed more to the costs of the beach because it was used by the public from across Perth, interstate and international tourists.

Sale of the town’s depot for $9.1m in 2012 is helping fund the foreshore plan, including a $1 million proposal to rip up the adjacent car park and replace it with grass and recreational facilities and the ramp, which is expected to take two years to build.

Cr Pyvis said the ramp’s design had to be on pylons so it was not undermined by erosion, like the boat ramp at North Cottesloe SLSC, and become a waste of money and designer’s time.

“What I’m concerned about is it will be just a pre-cast concrete that’s plonked down,” she said.

Councillors were so concerned about a potentially incorrect design that in June they asked for a review – known in local government as a ‘call-in’ – to consider the potential effects of erosion and if the ramp could be designed to be removed each winter.

A staff report said annual removal by crane would be expensive, while three of five designs investigated for a permanent ramp up to three-quarters of the groyne’s length would also be costly.

The remaining options, either attached to the groyne’s substructure or the preferred option built a small distance away, will be investigated.

The report said the tender would include requirements the design considered erosion and maintenance costs.