Delay no threat to cafe proposal

Sue Harrington
Sue Harrington

He proposes a cafe-restaurant with cyclist facilities at the north end of carparks opposite the nearby Beehive Montessori School, and is seeking Department of Lands approval for a verge reserve to be altered for greater access.

Mr Marshall said his cafe plans were unchanged by the delay because he never expected the avenue to be moved.

However, Leighton Action Coalition spokeswoman Sue Harrington said the delay was a missed opportunity to create a beachside parkland south of Cottesloe similar to the sheltered grass and barbecue areas enjoyed by northern suburbs residents in Trigg.

‘If we don’t get it now, we never will,’ Ms Harrington said.

The realignment, from the Victoria Street railway station to the Leighton Beach apartments, would have gone through Mosman Park and Fremantle council land.

Mosman Park Mayor Ron Norris said the delay created planning uncertainty for his Town and Beehive students now faced busy traffic for another three years. Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettit said it was an ‘opportunity lost’ to make the avenue safe for cyclists and beach users.