Public full of new ideas for Indiana

Public full of new ideas for Indiana

IRON ore magnate Andrew Forrest and his wife Nicola got 100 people to suggest how to best revamp the couple’s leased Indiana Restaurant on Cottesloe Beach.

“We’re thrilled the public has responded so enthusiastically to our request for submissions,” Ms Forrest said.

The suggestions to the couple’s Minderoo Group in the past nine weeks included a new beachside pool, an arts and cultural hub, an amphitheatre or a boardwalk, in addition to refurbishing the 1995-built restaurant above 1982 change rooms.

The group will refurbish the restaurant after Cottesloe Council agreed in April that Mr Forrest’s Perth Venues take over a lease from Melbourne’s Red Rock Leisure for $195,000 a year.

The takeover follows decades of controversy at the seaside site including a contested lease, claims of a lack of maintenance and stinking public toilets, which the council now operates.

A redesign started with the public’s ideas being given to architects who developed 11 initial designs.

Ms Forrest said four final plans were now being completed by WA architects Spaceagency and Kerry Hill, and Durbach Block Jaegers and Rachael Neeson, both from NSW.

They will be available for public comment on the Minderoo Group website at the end of this month.

University of WA architecture professor Geoffrey London and his team will then judge the finalists for a decision on the winner mid-July.

Ms Forrest said the jury would have to consider the designs’ benefits to the community, excellence, accessibility for visitors and if they provided for Cottesloe Surf Lifesaving Club patrols, the changing rooms and public toilets.