Cottesloe businesses fail in bid to make North Cott Surf Life Saving Club’s shed roof into alfresco area

A concrete slab on a prized spot along the Cottesloe foreshore is set to find a new use despite a petition calling for it to be used for alfresco dining by neighbouring businesses.

Cottesloe resident and former lawyer Alan Camp started a petition for the roof of the North Cottesloe Surf Life Saving Club’s shed in between Barchetta and Longview restaurants to be used as alfresco dining by both restaurants.

Town staff have told the council the petition — which began last month and collected 200 signatures — is invalid and that the town was engaged with the surf club, which has the lease for the space on Marine Parade.

Mr Camp’s petition was deemed invalid because it calls on the council to “reverse” its decision not to allow temporary tables and seating, when in fact there has been no such decision.

The petitioner also referred to Longview by its previous name, Blue Duck Cafe.


Mr Camp said he was a “regular” user of the space throughout the summer.

“We were very unhappy to lose it,” he said.

Where we have an opportunity to earn income, we would like to look into that.

Town staff said Barchetta had “from time to time provided informal structures such as rustic benches and objects to lean on, generally when people are waiting for or consuming takeaway beverages”.

But city staff said there had never been an alfresco license issued for the roof area.

“Town rangers and administrative staff have been lenient in accepting that the area has been used on occasions for a quasi-alfresco purpose; however, once tables and chairs and table numbers started appearing, clearly this use escalated beyond an informal take,” they said.

North Cottesloe Surf Club administration officer Ben Johnson said the club had “no part” in the petition and had formed its own working group to activate the space and had sent out expressions of interest.

Mr Johnson said the club would “act in good faith” and spoke regularly with the neighbouring businesses on either side of it.

“As a club… we do a lot across the community. But these activities cost money,” he said.

“Where we have an opportunity to earn income, we would like to look into that.”

Mr Johnson said the club might establish an interim agreement ahead of the formal EOI process being finalised.

He confirmed the club had received proposals from other businesses that were not currently based nearby.

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