Mosman Park dives into race for ocean pool

The potential site for a Mosman Park ocean pool. Photo: Jon Bassett
The potential site for a Mosman Park ocean pool. Photo: Jon Bassett

MOSMAN Park Council will do an ocean pool feasibility study after a similar investigation stopped consideration of three proposals at neighbouring Cottesloe.

“But we’ll only go ahead if it enhances the coastline and has no fatal flaws,” Mosman Park Mayor Brett Pollock said.

At its meeting, his council set aside $16,500 to study a pool close to a former dune-covered dump site on the Mosman Park-Cottesloe border, near the Cable Station surf break.

Cottesloe pool advocates to carry on

Mr Pollock said another $16,500 could come from a Department of Sport and Recreation grant due to be decided in May, and a “capital investment group” had promised another $16,500.

A council survey in 2017 found the 94 residents who backed a pool were the largest single group of respondents, but more said Mosman Park should do the project with Cottesloe.

Mr Pollock said there had already been informal talks with the Cottesloe and Fremantle mayors about a potentially 100m-long by 50m-wide facility which could be jointly-submitted to the State Government.

He said it could secure the dump’s debris, while helping prevent erosion of nearby Port and Leighton beaches, and possibly protecting South Cottesloe dog beach.

Photo: Jon Bassett

“That’s why we will use consultants MP Rogers, who have been doing the beach erosion studies for Fremantle Council, “ Mr Pollock said.

Asked about adjacent Aboriginal sites, the caves of which his council partially blocked for safety last year, Mr Pollock said the pool would not go ahead if there was a “fatal flaw”.

Proponents of any Cottesloe ocean pool could consider the dump site.

Cottesloe councillors leave ocean pool in limbo

However, North Cottesloe ocean pool proponent Christ Shellabear said he was committed to his project because it did not have environmental and community concerns.

Trevor Seleeba, advocate of a proposal south of Cottesloe Groyne, said moving his proposal would take away from the attraction of Cottesloe.

Mosman Park’s study will also present design options, the approvals needed, estimate costs, gather other proposal’s information and map a course of action.