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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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Monday, May 20th, 2013

Time Event Rottnest golf course makeover - May 2013

Rottnest golf course makeover I estimate that in the many times we've wandered across the Rottnest Island golf course over at least the past couple of decades we've seen a total of about a dozen people actually playing golf on the 22 hectare nine hole public facility during that entire time. It was created by resident islanders in the early 1960s when the enthusiasm for golf was much greater. An expensive taxpayer-funded renovation program was announced last year and there was a very brief seven day period between 12 and 18 December for public comment on environmental issues. Documents and maps at https://consultation.epa.wa.gov.au/seven-day-comment-onreferrals/a550981 reveal that extant vegetation including trees are to be cleared at about 30 places, and that initial irrigation of the replanted fairways and putting greens will come from the island's desalination plant and stored-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 or has extensive runs of plastic red and black no-entry tapes elsewhere on the perimeter to discourage public access, so the selection of photos above were taken at distance from surrounding high-vantage points. The many piles of white sand which can seen in the images have been trucked across the island from an environmentally significant dune blowout near Parker Point. Heavy trucks have been using a specially cleared wide track which cuts through bushland at the western end of the airstrip and connects to the old sealed, but now 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. In addition 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 Range Swamp. Fingers crossed they will all be preserved.


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