Park ap­peal sunk

Melville Times - - Front Page - Aaron Cor­lett

PRO­PO­NENTS of the pro­posed wave park in Al­fred Cove have wel­comed a Supreme Court de­ci­sion to dis­miss an ap­pli­ca­tion for a ju­di­cial re­view into the pro­ject’s ground lease.

The Swan Fore­shore Pro­tec­tion As­so­ci­a­tion (SPFA) ar­gued the City of Melville failed to ad­ver­tise the name of the lessee in its busi­ness case for the $25 mil­lion pro­posed pro­ject.

The ground lease was ticked off by the City of Melville and the Wave Park Group (WPG) in April 2017.

Urb­n­surf and WPG founder and ex­ec­u­tive chair­man An­drew Ross said the July 17 de­ci­sion meant “com­mon sense” had pre­vailed and vin­di­cated the com­pany’s de­ci­sion to not back down to pres­sure from a “noisy mi­nor­ity”.

“This is a huge win for the broader com­mu­nity be­cause it re­jects a silly and spu­ri­ous tech­ni­cal ar­gu­ment that should never have been come be­fore the court,” he said.

“The court’s de­ci­sion gives us great con­fi­dence to move for­ward with es­tab­lish­ing a wave park for the en­joy­ment of ev­ery­one in Perth.”

SFPA chair­man Clive Ross said the judge­ment found the City did not com­ply with parts of the Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Act.

“The City failed to list Urb­n­surf as a party and this was ac­knowl­edged, although it was said that the is­sue lies with the Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Min­is­ter. We will take this fur­ther but what fo­rum this takes place de­pends on le­gal ad­vice,” he said.

City of Melville chief ex­ec­u­tive Shayne Sil­cox said it was a “com­mon sense” de­ci­sion.

“It was a tech­ni­cal er­ror caused by the change in the name of the sub­sidiary but it was in­con­se­quen­tial. We un­der­stand that some peo­ple are un­happy about the pro­ject but we feel we have made the de­ci­sion in the best in­ter­est of the com­mu­nity,” he said.

The En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Au­thor­ity an­nounced in June that it would not as­sess the pro­posed wave park.

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