Stand made on paddle boards
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.