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Rottnest Golf Course Makeover - May 2013

Rottnest Golf Course Makeover - May 2013

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Published by Dr Paul Weaver
Cash strapped state government funds an expensive makeover in an attempt to attract public interest in a little used golf course on Rottnest Island.
Cash strapped state government funds an expensive makeover in an attempt to attract public interest in a little used golf course on Rottnest Island.

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Published by: Dr Paul Weaver on Jun 07, 2013
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20/05/13 7:54 AMFremantlebiz - Paul's Letter from AustraliaPage 1 of 2http://fremantlebiz.livejournal.com/2013/05/20/
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Rottnest golf course makeover - May 2013
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I estimate that in the many times we've wandered across the Rottnest Island golf course over at least the pastcouple of decades we've seen a total of about a dozen people actually playing golf on the 22 hectare nine holepublic facility during that entire time. It was created by resident islanders in the early 1960s when theenthusiasm for golf was much greater. An expensive taxpayer-funded renovation program was announced lastyear and there was a very brief seven day period between 12 and 18 December for public comment onenvironmental issues. Documents and maps athttps://consultation.epa.wa.gov.au/seven-day-comment-on-referrals/a550981reveal that extant vegetation including trees are to be cleared at about 30 places, and thatinitial irrigation of the replanted fairways and putting greens will come from the island's desalination plant andstored-rainwater facility. Last week we saw a new large-diameter pipe had been laid to the desalination plant,and we could hear some very busy out-of-sight activity by chain saws. The entire golf course is fenced off orhas extensive runs of plastic red and black no-entry tapes elsewhere on the perimeter to discourage publicaccess, so the selection of photos above were taken at distance from surrounding high-vantage points. Themany piles of white sand which can seen in the images have been trucked across the island from anenvironmentally significant dune blowout near Parker Point. Heavy trucks have been using a specially clearedwide track which cuts through bushland at the western end of the airstrip and connects to the old sealed, butnow largely disused road running along the southern side of Serpentine Lake.Besides a few golfers, the golf course has long been a favourite habitat for quokkas, reptiles and birds. Inaddition we also know of unique indigenous artifact work-sites left by 19th century Aboriginal prisoners.There are other important earth and stone structures relating to a very early rifle range near Rifle RangeSwamp. Fingers crossed they will all be preserved.
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