The WA State Government announced that WA’s first sea pool would be part of its $125 million contribution to the $1 billion Ocean Reef marina redevelopment.
Ocean Reef Marina: Hope for Cottesloe ocean pool stays afloat
The State Government announced a sea pool would be part of its $125 million contribution to the $1 billion Ocean Reef marina redevelopment.
Planners have included a lap and watersports pool among the new marina’s boardwalks after public demand from northern suburbs residents, but its detailed designing has yet to be completed.
The Town of Cottesloe has been agonising over three proposals for such a facility since friends of North Cottesloe shark attack victim Ken Crew started advocating for one after his death in 2000.
Proponent Chris Shellabear said his push for a pool in rebuilt dunes opposite the Ocean Beach Hotel would continue, after competing ideas either side of the Cottesloe Groyne fell from the race last year.
He said he was waiting for the Town to bring its foreshore revitalisation plan further north, and the proposed $162 million redevelopment of the hotel, before taking his project any further, but he already had support from sports and community groups including Water Polo WA.
“It’s still a live project and I’m waiting for people to come around when they realise it’s a great idea,” he said.
Mr Shellabear said the advantages of his site included a lack of both the environmental constraints and Aboriginal heritage issues at the groyne, and because North Cottesloe was a less-congested area it would attract people from crowded parts south at the main Cottesloe Beach.
The council is currently finishing the details to its plan, which does not reach Mr Shellabear’s site, so it can seek State and Federal government funding.
The Town last year rejected architect Trevor Saleeba’s pool concept south of the groyne, which had $6.5m in support from iron ore billionaire Andrew Forrest, before favouring a shark barrier off Cottesloe Beach.
“It’s the right place for a sea pool at Cottesloe, but if there is no interest, there is no interest,” Mr Saleeba said.
The rejection also saw the end of a two-decade long campaign by Mr Crew’s friend Tom Locke for an ocean pool on the north side of the groyne.
Concepts for Mr Forrest’s revamped Indiana restaurant have included a beachside pool when the designs were out for comment earlier this year.
Asked about a pool continuing in the designs and the revamp’s schedule, a spokesman for Mr Forrest’s Tattarang Group said it was considering a range of options and taking more time to consider the future of the site.
He said once an option has been chosen it would start formal planning processes with the Town and the community.
A Town spokeswoman said there were no plans to discuss a sea pool and Tattarang had not yet sent any proposal about the Indiana.
DevelopmentWA chief executive Frank Marra said the Ocean Reef proposal set the pool among boardwalks.
“Feedback received from the local community indicated there was strong interest in a protected swimming and water sports area within the marina,” he said.
“We have included a coastal pool in the marina design as a direct result of this feedback.
Mr Marra said the dimensions of the pool would be determined in the detailed design phase.
“It is planned to be suitable for swimming laps and some water sports,” he said.
“The coastal pool will be located within the boardwalk area of the marina using natural water from the ocean.”