The WA Government has rejected a request to hand over Crown land for a controversial wave park project proposed for Perth’s Swan River.
- Proponent Urbnsurf has previously said the Crown land was vital to the wave park
- It would feature whitewater waves and big swells for surfing
- Lands Minister Ben Wyatt said the project was a good idea, but a better location was needed
Proponent Urbnsurf wanted to build the facility on four hectares of parkland in the well-heeled riverside suburb of Alfred Cove, south of Perth’s CBD.
The park would include waves ranging in size from 0.6-metre rolling, whitewater waves to 2.1-metre powerful, barrelling waves designed for high-level performance surfing.
The proponent claimed the facility would attract up to 300,000 visits per year and benefit tourism in the city.
But locals raised concerns about the environmental impact of the project and the loss of access to the current bowls club and parklands on the site.
Minister refuses to lock out ‘future generations’
Lands Minister Ben Wyatt said he had notified the proponents that he would reject a proposal by the City of Melville to utilise a portion of Crown land for the project.
He said although the Crown land parcel made up less than 10 per cent of the overall land required for the development, the proponent had previously indicated that it was necessary for the project to proceed.
“While I admire the enthusiasm of the developers, we must remember that it is land owned by the community and without local support it is impossible to justify locking future generations out of the space which was designated for public recreation and constant use,” Mr Wyatt said.
He said the State Government remained open to working with the developers to find a more suitable site.
“The rest of the land is freehold land owned by the City of Melville so if they can recalibrate their project and fit it on the City of Melville’s project then that is up to the City of Melville,” he said.
“The Government is keen to work with the proponent to try and find a better location for a project that I am enthusiastic about.
“The proponent has a good idea, we just have to find a better location.
Both Urbnsurf and the City of Melville were contacted for comment, but said they were preparing formal statements in response to the decision.
Topics: states-and-territories, government-and-politics, urban-development-and-planning, perth-6000, wa, melville-6156, alfred-cove-6154
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