Stand made on pad­dle boards

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Western Opinion - By JON BAS­SETT

PEP­PER­MINT Grove Coun­cil has had enough of stand-up pad­dle­board schools and demon­stra­tors us­ing car bays and crowd­ing the fore­shore of the ex­clu­sive river­side sub­urb.

“It’s in dan­ger of get­ting away from us,” coun­cil­lor Charles Hohnen said, when coun­cil­lors did not support a 12-month Swan River Trust per­mit for a third op­er­a­tor of the boards and kayaks in Fresh­wa­ter Bay last month.

Per­mits in the bay for 2014-15 al­low the Perth Stand-Up Pad­dle School to op­er­ate week­days un­til noon and week­ends un­til 10am.

Vilders Sports has classes un­til 2pm week­days and 10am on week­ends.

Main Peak Wa­ter­sports wants up to six of the boards and about six kayaks 9-11am on two Satur­days each month, but staff said stu­dents at the cur­rent schools al­ready used two-thirds of the fore­shore’s 40 car bays.

How­ever, a staff re­port said the pub­lic would not be ex­cluded from the fore­shore dur­ing Main Peak’s demon­stra­tions. Cr Brian Ka­vanagh said the coun­cil was pay­ing for in­fra­struc­ture used by the schools and “if it were an ap­pli­ca­tion for shops we’d be ask­ing for cash-in-lieu for park­ing”.

Shire pres­i­dent Rachel Thomas said per­mits should be al­lowed on a “first- come­first-served ba­sis”.

The Trust re­cently de­vel­oped a pol­icy polic­ing stand-up pad­dle­board schools at Point Wal­ter, Bic­ton across the river from Fresh­wa­ter Bay.

It it did not re­ply be­fore dead­line about its re­ac­tion to the re­jec­tion of Main Peak’s re­quest.

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