Wave of ap­peals rolls in

Melville Times - - Front Page - Aaron Cor­lett

PRO­PO­NENTS of the pro­posed wave park at Tomp­kins Park are con­fi­dent of the project’s fu­ture, de­spite nearly a dozen ap­peals against an En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Au­thor­ity (EPA) de­ci­sion not to as­sess it.

The Of­fice of Ap­peals Con­venor has con­firmed it has re­ceived 11 ap­peals against the EPA’s de­ci­sion not to as­sess the $25 mil­lion project. It is ex­pected the ap­peals will take place over the next few months, with a re­port to be pre­sented to En­vi­ron­ment Min­is­ter Stephen Daw­son on how the is­sues should be re­solved.

Wave Park Group (WPG) and Urb­n­surf founder and executive chair­man Andrew Ross said they had been through the ap­peals and re­sponded to them in de­tail.

“We’ve had a dis­cus­sion with the ap­peals con­venor, who will as­sess the ap­peals, and we are very con­fi­dent that she has now got all the in­for­ma­tion she needs to make a de­ci­sion as to whether the EPA has acted cor­rectly or not,” he said.

“From our per­spec­tive at least, there were no new grounds raised that hadn’t al­ready been ad­dressed in the ma­te­ri­als that we had sub­mit­ted.”

Swan Foreshore Pro­tec­tion As­so­ci­a­tion spokesman David Maynier said “in­cor­rect in­for­ma­tion” and the EPA’s de­ci­sion not to ques­tion it was the ba­sis of their ap­peal.

“The re­fer­ral by Urb­n­surf to the EPA is full of vague but re­as­sur­ing state­ments that there would be no en­vi­ron­men­tal is­sues, but it is very short of sub­stan­tial de­tail,” he said.

“The EPA asked the De­part­ment of Bio­di­ver­sity, Con­ser­va­tion and At­trac­tions (DBCA) for its ad­vice on the re­fer­ral and DBCA replied that there was not enough in­for­ma­tion to make an as­sess­ment.

“In this sit­u­a­tion, the EPA may make a de­ci­sion not to as­sess be­cause there is in­suf­fi­cient de­tail, but it can­not give the rea­son that there will be no sig­nif­i­cant im­pact on the en­vi­ron­ment.

“There is sim­ply not enough in­for­ma­tion for the EPA to make that call.”

Urb­n­surf is now putting its de­vel­op­ment ap­pli­ca­tion (DA) to­gether, which will go to the Metro Cen­tral Joint De­vel­op­ment As­sess­ment. Mr Ross said the com­pany was wait­ing on the re­sult of the Supreme Court case about the ground lease.

“We’ll look to run that through some stake­holder groups and the coun­cil be­fore it is sub­mit­ted to the WA Plan­ning Com­mis­sion,” he said.

“As soon as the DA is ap­proved, there is a fi­nal stage of de­tailed de­sign that we need to go through and that then al­lows us to ap­ply for a build­ing li­cence.

“With that build­ing li­cence be­ing ap­proved, we can then move to site.”

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