Melville Times - - Opinion -

I AM writ­ing to voice my sup­port of the pro­posed surf park at Tomp­kins Park.

I wouldn’t of­ten voice my opin­ion but this is some­thing I feel quite strongly about and I am con­fi­dent it would have a pos­i­tive im­pact on our com­mu­nity.

My hus­band has been surf­ing for more than 20 years in Perth but over the past cou­ple of years he hasn’t been surf­ing in WA at all. There are sev­eral rea­sons for this lack of swell, risk of sharks, lack of time and lack of good-shaped waves when there is surf.

Surf­ing is such an iconic Aussie sport and I love the fact my hus­band surfs. It’s good for his mind and his body and it’s very so­cial. We have a great surf­ing com­mu­nity in Perth.

This is a sport we would love our three chil­dren to par­tic­i­pate in one day, but due to the lack of safe surf­ing spots in WA we are re­luc­tant to teach them in the open wa­ter.

I think the wave park is some­thing that would ben­e­fit our com­mu­nity and make bet­ter use of the ac­tive sports re­serve.

Please take our younger gen­er­a­tion into con­sid­er­a­tion when mak­ing de­ci­sions for the fu­ture. RACHEL GUNDERSON Bic­ton

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