Joondalup Times - - FRONT PAGE - Lucy Jarvis

HANG-GLID­ERS and paraglid­ers are look­ing for­ward to more flights in Quinns Rocks and Jin­dalee fol­low­ing a Wan­neroo City Coun­cil de­ci­sion to ap­prove a for­mal launch site.

The Hang Glid­ing As­so­ci­a­tion of WA (HGAWA) wel­comed the coun­cil’s July 25 de­ci­sion to ap­prove its devel­op­ment ap­pli­ca­tion for an ar­ti­fi­cial turf in crown land north of Water­land Point.

Mem­ber David Leith said pi­lots of the non-mo­torised air­craft had been us­ing the site in­for­mally for about 30 years, with about 30 of the as­so­ci­a­tion’s 260 mem­bers reg­u­larly tak­ing off there.

“It means we can con­tinue to fly safely at Quinns,” he said.

“It’s not fre­quent that it’s fly­able there, (but) when con­di­tions are right, it’s a won­der­ful site to fly.

“There are very few places where the winds and hill shape al­low us to take off and fly.

“It’s renowned across Aus­tralia for be­ing a very good site.”

Dr Leith said it suited li­censed pi­lots of all stan­dards, un­like the other coastal met­ro­pol­i­tan site at Cottes­loe, which was “re­served for the most ad­vanced pi­lots”.

The pi­lot gave a dep­u­ta­tion prior to the coun­cil meet­ing last month, as did Quinns Rocks En­vi­ron­men­tal Group spokes­woman Re­nata Zeli­nova.

Ms Zeli­nova said the group did not ob­ject to the pro­posal, but wanted to en­sure fauna was not harmed dur­ing clear­ing of the 100sq m launch site.

Dr Leith said he hoped the launch site would be op­er­at­ing within two months, al­though there was still work to be done, in­clud­ing ob­tain­ing a clear­ing per­mit and ne­go­ti­at­ing an in­dem­nity agree­ment with the City.

Coun­cil­lor Linda Aitken moved the de­ci­sion to ap­prove the ap­pli­ca­tion, say­ing it rat­i­fied the recre­ational ac­tiv­ity at the site, and sec­on­der Cr Gly­nis Parker said she en­joyed watch­ing the glid­ers.

Wil­liam Vo, of Shen­ton Park, said the turf would make it eas­ier for take-offs with­out snag­ging para­chutes and lines on trees.

Pic­ture: Martin Ken­nealey­mu­ni­ d472189

Paraglider Wil­liam Vo says the new launch site will make take-offs eas­ier.

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