Group pro­poses build­ing sec­ond ar­ti­fi­cial reef in Perth

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News - Jon Bas­set and Kate Leaver Opin­ion, page 9

PERTH’S sec­ond ar­ti­fi­cial surf­ing reef could be built at Scar­bor­ough Beach if a com­mu­nity group’s plans are put into ac­tion.

The Scar­bor­ough Beach As­so­ci­a­tion (SBA) re­cently re­vealed its Ac­tion Plan to re­vive the fore­shore precinct with short-, medium- and long-term goals, which in­clude a $2 mil­lion ar­ti­fi­cial reef.

Perth’s only ar­ti­fi­cial surf­ing reef is a 17year-old struc­ture 300m off­shore from the Ca­ble Sta­tion shore break at the Cottes­loe­mos­man Park bor­der.

The reef’s sup­port­ers faced some ac­cu­sa­tions of build­ing a ‘white ele­phant’ af­ter it cost the State Gov­ern­ment $1.65 mil­lion in 1999.

Gran­ite blocks were put on a 6m-deep nat­u­ral reef, creat­ing a 140m-long cres­cent moon-shaped struc­ture with a wa­ter depth of 1.5 m to 2m.

Rides were pre­dicted to be up to 80m for the ‘right’ han­der and 40m for the ‘left’.

A UWA study 12 months af­ter con­struc­tion claimed it pro­vided up to 150 ride­able days each year.

The SBA has al­ready spo­ken with Surf­ing WA, ac­cord­ing to as­so­ci­a­tion chief ex­ec­u­tive Mark Lane.

“We have been speak­ing with the SBA in re­la­tion to sev­eral ways to bring to life the area,” Mr Lane said.

“The ar­ti­fi­cial reef is one con­cept that will greatly im­prove the year-round ‘sur­fa­bil­ity’ of this stretch of coast and as­sist in of­fer­ing more qual­ity surf­ing op­tions.”

SBA chair­man Wayne Bowen said the next step was talk­ing to ex­perts.

MRA chief ex­ec­u­tive Kieran Kin­sella said the project would need to be pro­posed by a pri­vate de­vel­oper be­cause gov­ern­ment fund­ing was not avail­able “at this time”.

Surfers at ‘Ca­bles’, the ar­ti­fi­cial reef off Mos­man Park Beach, two weeks ago.

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