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Perth's first wave park progresses

20/06/2022 - 14:08

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Western Australia's first surf park is expected to open in 2025 with the state government to lease a 5.7 hectare lot to US-based proponent Aventuur.

Perth's first wave park progresses
An artist's impression of Aventuur's proposed Cockburn surf park.

Western Australia's first surf park is expected to open in 2025 with the state government to lease a 5.7 hectare lot to US-based proponent Aventuur.

The WA government announced today it has reached an agreement to lease the parcel of land on Prinsep Road in Jandakot to surf park developer Aventuur.

The proposed surf park is set to be the largest of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere with other features inlcuding accommodation, restaurants, a health and wellness centre, leisure amenities, and conference and function facilities.

The attraction, which will use Wavegarden Cove technology to provide a surfing experience for beginners to expert surfers, is expected to open for summer 2024/25.

Aventuur partner Andrew Ross said the initial $80 million price tag has increased to an estimated $100 million due to cost increases in the market.

Mr Ross said the project would be privately founded.

"My partners in Aventuur are based in the US, so we have access to US financial markets," he said.

The project is expected to create about 260 jobs during planning and construction, and about 65 full-time positions once operational. 

Planning Minister Rita Saffioti said the development had been classified as a state significant project through the Department of Jobs, Tourism and State Development.

"It is great to see this exciting project, which will showcase WA's vibrant surfing culture, take a significant step forward with the lease agreement now confirmed," she said.

"The project site in Jandakot will be well serviced by our road and rail upgrades in the area, including the Kwinana Freeway widening, the Thornlie-Cockburn Link and the North Lake Road and Armadale Road Bridge."

Ms Saffioti said the lease agreement was for 21 years with an option for an additional 20 years.

Mr Ross founded URBNSURF, which proposed a surf park in Alfred Cove, but left to join Aventuur in mid-2020.

URBNSURF's proposed surf park at Tompkins Park in Alfred Cove received significant backlash from the local community, with the state government rejecting the city's application to use Crown land for the project in 2019.

Both URBNSURF and Aventuur were competing to win the contract to develop the proposed surf park in Jandakot when it was out for tender, with the latter announced as the preferred proponent in September 2021.

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