07/04/2017 - 09:15

Wave Park lease green light

07/04/2017 - 09:15

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The City of Melville has approved a lease for a proposed wave park on a 4.4-hectare area of Tompkins Park in Alfred Cove, after a lengthy council meeting last night.

An artist's impression of the future Wave Park in Alfred Cove.

The City of Melville has approved a lease for a proposed wave park on a 4.4-hectare area of Tompkins Park in Alfred Cove, after a lengthy council meeting last night.

Business News understands the lease was given the go ahead by a margin of seven votes to four in a meeting that went well over four hours.

The lease is for 30 years, with two possible 10-year extensions.

Rent will be about $700,000 per annum.

The project is being led by Urbnsurf, which is planning similar wave parks in Melbourne and Sydney.

The company has planned for development activity to occur in the middle of next year, in time for operations by mid-2019.

But the project has been the subject of some debate in the Melville community, with some local residents petitioning for special electors meetings to overrule the park.

Some have threatened to take the project to the Supreme Court to have the approval overturned.

Wave Park Group executive chairman Andrew Ross said it was a win for Perth and the City of Melville.

He said Tompkins Park was one of about 30 sites examined in the past four years.

“Aside from being correctly zoned and the largest and most highly used active sports reserve in the City of Melville, the site also benefits from  good transport connectivity, suitable ground conditions, and access to power and water,” Mr Ross said.

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