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Cotteloe wanted to allow the Pineapple Club to continue despite turf damage last year

A Cottesloe beach festival beginning in the summer was advised to return but not allowed to expand to 10,000 revelers due to anti-social issues for some of the partygoers last year and damage to the lawn.

Cottesloe City Council has been advised to conditionally approve the Pineapple Club on the Cottesloe Foreshore for Saturday 19th November.

The event was held by Zaccaria Concerts & Touring on November 27th last year.

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Revelers at last year's Pineapple Club.
camera iconRevelers at last year’s Pineapple Club. Recognition: Jayne MacDonald Pixi Lane

Police, businesses and the city’s director of public order were happy with the event and there were no noise complaints that day.

However, staff said problems included “damage to the turf” – although much of the turf was already in poor condition – as well as damage to “associated infrastructure, anti-social behavior and damage to the golf club’s fence”.

Another issue was that the public was barred from the area on Perth’s most famous beach for around 10 days, including during the event and for set up and tear down.

“The turf could not be irrigated during this time and unfortunately this coincided with a very unusual hot spell which contributed to further deterioration of the poorly conditioned turf,” said staff.

According to a city report, Zaccaria wanted to hold another event at the same location and had presented a management and delivery plan.

The organizers also plan to host other annual events in April and November.

Zaccaria had tried to increase ticket sales for the Pineapple Club from 8,000 to 10,000 but withdrew that request after talks with the city.

They are said to pay $25,000 in event rental, $8,500 in other fees, and a $10,000 security deposit.

City officials said organizers have “committed to addressing all issues raised,” making a $5,000 donation to a local club or charity and a $5,000 donation to each year the event occurs two environmental groups to contribute.

They also plan to hold a free community event the day after the festival.

The Pineapple Club took place in Cottesloe last year.
camera iconThe Pineapple Club took place in Cottesloe last year. Recognition: Jayne MacDonald Pixi Lane

Officials had asked organizers if they could hold the event at the Civic Center Gardens or the Cottesloe Sporting Grounds, but they said organizers told them “the beach vibe” was “a key factor in running the event.”

While city officials have recommended that the council approve the event, they said that if “duly substantiated unsatisfactory results occur after the second time,” councilors should “consider not approving any future Pineapple Club events at that location.”

The event area will likely be expanded to distribute partygoers and activations to better protect the grass.

The lawn will also be screened off by placing entrance gates, restrooms and food trucks on a gated section of Marine Parade.

The track is scheduled to be closed from midnight on Thursday until it can be safely opened on Sunday.

Mayor Lorraine Young said last year’s festival resulted in a “quite a devastated foreshore” and raised concerns the city was taking the organiser’s assurances “in faith”.

“Young people will tell you there’s a world of difference between a Missy Higgins concert and a DJ dance party on the beach. We fully accept that there are family concerts that are eco-friendly and low-risk and others that are maybe a little more intense,” she said.

The council is scheduled to vote on the event on August 23.

https://www.perthnow.com.au/local-news/perthnow-western-suburbs/cottesloe-set-to-allow-pineapple-club-to-go-ahead-despite-lawn-damage-last-year-c-7882648 Cotteloe wanted to allow the Pineapple Club to continue despite turf damage last year

Nate Jones

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