Water Polo WA backs proposed Cottesloe sea pool

Water Polo WA general manager Ben Haywood and Blue Duck Café owners Jodie and Glenn Webster back a sea pool at North Cottesloe. Picture: Andrew Ritchie.
Water Polo WA general manager Ben Haywood and Blue Duck Café owners Jodie and Glenn Webster back a sea pool at North Cottesloe. Picture: Andrew Ritchie.

WATER polo players and business back a proposed seawater pool in North Cottesloe being studied for its feasibility by Cottesloe Council.

“It’s an opportunity to have the sport in a fun, safe and inclusive environment, promote it outside of the traditional aquatic centres and for Cottesloe to potentially develop the next Olympic champions,” Water Polo WA general manager Ben Haywood said.

The self-funded pool would comprise 10-lanes, with a small pool for seniors, a viewing deck and a boardwalk opposite the Ocean Beach Hotel.

It is one of three sites, including one either side of Cottesloe Groyne in the first stage of the feasibility study.

Water Polo WA has about 4300 members, and Mr Haywood said the sea pool could be used to establish a club and hold championships, and bring people to support local businesses.

“The Scarborough Beach pool has been so well received and been popular, and people want a choice,” neighbouring Blue Duck Caf owner Glenn Webster said.

Pool proponent Chris Shellabear said the design now needed people with engineering facilities management skills to ensure it was protected from sea rises by being on the Tamala limestone base 3.5m below the dunes, and the pool would be run by a community-based organisation.

Any council rejection of the site may not stop the proposal.

“We would still seek permission if we have a good number of people who back it, and then would ask the State Government and the Department of Sport and Recreation to consider a 365-day facility here,” Mr Shellabear said.

The council has previously been criticised for the study determining why the three sites may be unsuitable, but a council spokeswoman would not comment, other than submissions would be assessed and reported to councillors “as soon as possible”.