PARAGLIDING SITE APPROVED:
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.
Paraglider William Vo says the new launch site will make take-offs easier.