Frequently Asked Questions - Cottesloe Pier
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Won’t it fall down during a big storm?

Consulting engineers Arup can design a pier that can be developed to accommodate prevailing conditions when modern design and construction approaches are used in conjunction with knowledge of local site and marine conditions.

An understanding of these challenges and appropriate whole-life maintenance, make the creation of safe and sustainable waterfront developments, such as the proposed Cottesloe Pier, possible.

Arup has world wide experience in waterfront development and the application of creative designs at the water’s edge. This includes the careful integration of waterfront developments to existing infrastructure, with consideration to site-specific challenges such as erosion and rising sea levels, in hand with optimising community benefits. (Section 5 & Appendices R & S )

Won’t it damage the marine environment?

360° Environmental has completed a preliminary environmental impact assessment and they concluded that they do “not consider there will be any unmanageable, significant environmental impacts resulting from this proposal”.

Further studies and /or approvals may be required as the project progresses. (Section 6.1 and Appendix G, N & O)

You can’t provide car parking bays, won’t it add to the parking congestion in Cottesloe?

Reward/incentive schemes for using public transport will be introduced and an arrangement for a managed fleet of corporate style car with driver to readily transport patrons from the area will ensure that the venue does not add to the parking requirements in the area. (Section 2.2 and Appendix E)

What is the idea behind the shark look-out tower?

The architectural style of a pavilion at the end of the pier readily lent itself to the introduction of a folly, and designing it so that it could be used as a look out tower seemed a logical extension. Its elevated location further out to sea offers improved line of sight, reduced impact of glare and an improved ability to see further below the surface of the water. (Section 4.1)

How does the project impact on the Mudurup Rocks and Mudurup as a significant site for the Nyoongar people?

The café/underwater observatory falls outside the heritage Council of WA register of Heritage Places and the Aboriginal Heritage site. However the location of the proposed community ablution facilities suggested falls within a registered Site of Aboriginal significance. We have met with and commissioned a cultural heritage consultant who are assisting with our discussions with the custodians of the site to seek their inputs to ensure that we can garner their support and deliver a satisfactory outcome for all stakeholders. (Section 6.3 and Appendix H)

Will the project impact on Sculptures by the Sea?

We have met with the Director of Sculptures by the Sea and he has reviewed the proposal and could find no conflict with his event. We expressed our desire to work with him to provide further possibilities to offer additional support and a new range of display locations for the event.

Will surfing be impacted on by the development?

The marine engineers have reviewed the available data and advise that the piles and caissons will have negligible impact on the overall structure of the wave at Cott Main, and zero impact on the waves at The Cove, Second and Isolators.

As the structure is 4 metres above sea level any swell (up to the maximum height of a 1:200 years storm) will pass underneath. The structure is also located over 30 metres from the end of the existing groyne and as the steel piles are at 9.0 metre centres these should not impact on the wave action. During early discussions with local surfers, and based on actual observations, a particular winter wave was identified and as the pier may have impacted on the take off point, the structure was moved further west to avoid this possibility. (Section 6.1 of the report and Part C of Appendix O)

How much will it cost the government and/or local government to build and maintain the development?

The entire project is privately funded and no government funds are required.

Will it be expensive to go to?

The proposal is based on the concept of a relaxed, family friendly, casual beach facility with all prices to be kept economical and affordable.

What will happen if something falls in the water?

Firstly, it has already been established by the operators that all disposable products used will be bio-degradable.

Secondly, every morning, as part of the facilities overall management, two divers will traverse the area and will remove any litter that may have been deposited from the day before.

Thirdly, management will attend to rubbish bins within our area and on the pier at least twice daily, and more often if necessary, to ensure sufficient bin space is always available and no overflowing of rubbish occurs. Concurrent with this operation the area will be monitored and any litter on the pier will be picked up to ensure it is kept clean at all times.

And last but not least, the developer/operator is determined to be a responsible corporate citizen and embrace and support community involvement to encourage public participation in keeping the entire precinct clean. This will be realised by actively promoting and marketing “Keep Cottesloe Clean” events and strategies in line with Cottesloe’s keep clean policy with a view to Cottesloe Beach achieving “cleanest beach in Australia” status. We intend to use “Captain Clean” campaigns to encourage the community, particular the young, to connect with these activities to achieve this objective.


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