Con­fu­sion at river pol­icy

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News -

THE owner of a stand-up pad­dle­board (SUP) busi­ness, who wants to run yoga classes on the boards, says the needs of dif­fer­ent users of the Swan River are not be­ing prop­erly bal­anced af­ter the Swan River Trust be­came part of the Depart­ment of Parks and Wildlife (DPAW).

“The Trust has been merged with DPAW and they’re just hand­balling our en­quiries back and for­ward to each other and it’s a strug­gle to get through to the right per­son,” North Fre­mantle­based Perth Stand-Up Pad­dle School op­er­a­tor Cameron McKay said.

Mr McKay wants to hold SUP yoga classes from 5pm to 6.30pm on Tues­days and Wed­nes­days, and 7am to 8am on week­ends in Fresh­wa­ter Bay, Pep­per­mint Grove.

DPAW has al­ready per­mit­ted another op­er­a­tor to run SUP yoga lessons east of the Narrows Bridge in South Perth.

Last week, Mr McKay asked the Pep­per­mint Grove Coun­cil to rec­om­mend to DPAW that it al­low up to eight stu­dents and a qual­i­fied in­struc­tor to per­form yoga on an­chored SUP boards in the bay, which is shel­tered and safer com­pared to ad­ja­cent Mos­man Bay.

How­ever, coun­cil­lors were con­cerned SUP classes used up lim­ited fore­shore park­ing bays, res­i­dents were sub­si­dis­ing ex­er­cise busi­nesses in public spa­ces, and there was no state gov­ern­ment pol­icy for river use per­mits.

Coun­cil­lors de­cided to rec­om­mended to DPAW that SUP yoga classes not be al­lowed from 7am to 8am on Satur­days be­cause of their prox­im­ity to homes and de­trac­tion from the “gen­eral amenity”.

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie d442887

Perth Stand-Up Pad­dle School owner Cameron McKay and in­struc­tor Tess Bar­retto.

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