One of the wealthiest municipalities in Perth will charge residents hundreds of dollars to have playground equipment nearby.

On June 28, councilors voted unanimously to implement the roadside task forces’ recommendations.

The new rules will include a $300 fee for roadside play equipment such as trampolines, cubby houses and swings.

Larger play equipment will then charge a $100 annual fee to ensure it remains compliant.

Obviously, equipment such as small swings does not carry the running costs.

Camera iconCottesloe resident Sharnie Crommelin with 4-month-old Madeleine Crommelin and 6-year-old twins Evelyn and Charlie Crommelin. Credit: Andrew RitchieCommunity news

Cr Craig Masarei said it was “with a heavy heart” that the council introduced the fees, but said it was “a balancing act” between those who wanted the equipment and those who used public playgrounds instead.

Cr Masarei said Cottesloe was the only local authority in a western suburb to allow the use of berms for playground equipment.

Former mayor Kevin Morgan told councilors to “put bureaucracy back in its place” and claimed the Cottesloe berms were perfect for playground equipment because they were “40 meters wide”.

“You could put a cricket ground on it,” he said.

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