Stand­ing up for river users

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News - Jon Bas­sett

PEP­PER­MINT Grove coun­cil­lors have said they have an is­sue with busi­nesses us­ing pub­lic parks for free, when they con­sid­ered a stand-up pad­dle­board school con­tin­u­ing to op­er­ate on their fore­shore last month.

“I have a prob­lem with the ap­pli­ca­tion be­cause the fore­shore is there first for the res­i­dents, then vis­i­tors, and lastly for com­mer­cial en­ter­prise,” Cr

Hohnen said.

“To go with day­light hours, seven days a week, is more than over the top.”

The coun­cil was asked by the Depart­ment of Bio­di­ver­sity, Con­ser­va­tion and At­trac­tions (DOBCA) to com­ment on an ap­pli­ca­tion by the North Fre­mantle­based Perth Stand-up Pad­dle School to con­tinue its op­er­a­tions for two years, af­ter the ex­piry of an ini­tial 2016 ap­proval, in Freshwa-

Charles ter Bay.

Mr Mckay sought to op­er­ate ev­ery day be­tween 7am to 6pm in any new twoyear ap­proval from the depart­ment.

Coun­cil staff said the ap­pli­ca­tion ap­peared to be an “am­bit” ap­pli­ca­tion for all hours of oper­a­tion.

“The ap­pli­ca­tion raises the is­sue of over­lap­ping ju­ris­dic­tion and laws whereby a busi­ness ac­tiv­ity de­rives a com­mer­cial ben­e­fit from the use of pub­lic land and pays no fee for the abil­ity to use the land and yet is not sub­ject to the per­mit re­quire­ment of lo­cal laws,” a staff re­port said.

The school also op­er­ates on the fore­shores of Mos­man Park, Fre­man­tle and Melville coun­cils, but the re­port said Pep­per­mint Grove had to con­sider how to man­age its fore­shore so there was suf­fi­cient space for “im­promptu en­joy­ment” rather than booked com­mer­cial ac­tiv­i­ties.

“We should be con­sid­er­ing a fee struc­ture like other coun­cils,” Cr Peter Macin­tosh said

Coun­cil­lors agreed to tell the DOBCA to ap­prove Mr Mckay’s ap­pli­ca­tion only for a year so a lo­cal per­mit may be is­sued, but not in­clude evenings, week­ends and pub­lic hol­i­days.

“So we’re ef­fec­tively re­ject­ing their ap­pli­ca­tion for seven days a week,” coun­cil pres­i­dent Rachel Thomas said.

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