Pro­test­ers say no to wave park plan

Melville Times - - News -

AROUND 200 peo­ple de­scended on Tomp­kins Park on Sat­ur­day to march in protest against the pro­posed Wave Park Group surf fa­cil­ity ear­marked for the area.

Or­gan­ised by the Al­fred Cove Ac­tion Group (ACAG), the protest was at­tended by Melville coun­cil­lors Ni­cholas Pa­zolli and June Bar­ton as well as Bic­ton MLA Lisa O’Mal­ley.

Ad­dress­ing the crowd, Mrs O’Mal­ley said the City of Melville had not yet lodged a for­mal re­quest to buy part of Crown Lot 9789 from the State Gov­ern­ment.

She also said Wave Park Group was yet to lodge a de­vel­op­ment ap­pli­ca­tion for the $25 mil­lion fa­cil­ity with the Depart­ment of Parks and Wildlife.

ACAG con­venor David Maynier again la­belled the ground lease signed be­tween the City and Wave Park Group as one-sided and ques­tioned the de­vel­oper’s abil­ity to de­liver the project.

He also called on pro­test­ers un­happy with the grant­ing of the lease to make sure they vote in the up­com­ing lo­cal gov­ern­ment elec­tions.

“The City can still can­cel the lease,” he said.

“We need coun­cil­lors with the guts and will to do this or we’ll be look­ing at a derelict site for many years to come and fork­ing rates out to keep the deal alive.

“We’ll tell you which can­di­dates we would like you to sup­port. Th­ese will be in­de­pen­dent cit­i­zens who we be­lieve to be hon­est and en­er­getic and who can see what has been go­ing on, can lis­ten and who care about it.”

Wave Park Group chair­man An­drew Ross said he vis­ited Tomp­kins Park on Sat­ur­day to lis­ten in on the pro­test­ers. “On a beau­ti­ful morn­ing with no kids sport on to oc­cupy peo­ple, all they could muster was 192 peo­ple at this walk,” he said.

“It was also very in­ter­est­ing to see the age de­mo­graphic – the over­whelm­ing ma­jor­ity of peo­ple were 60+ which we don’t think is rep­re­sen­ta­tive at all of the wider Melville com­mu­nity.”

Mr Ross also en­cour­aged Melville res­i­dents who do want to see the wave park con­structed to vote for can­di­dates sup­port­ive of the project.

No to mak­ing waves: Pro­test­ers op­posed to the Al­fred Cove wave park march around Tomp­kins Park on Sat­ur­day.

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