Con­di­tion stum­ble waved off

Melville Times - - FRONT PAGE - Aaron Cor­lett

URBNSURF founder and ex­ec­u­tive chair­man An­drew Ross says he is not con­cerned by the City of Melville’s in­abil­ity to meet the first con­di­tion of the lease agree­ment for the pro­posed wave park in Al­fred Cove.

Mayor Rus­sell Aubrey told the Melville Times that the City was not able to move the Melville Bowl­ing Club from its cur­rent lo­ca­tion by yes­ter­day, as had been pre­vi­ously agreed.

Mr Ross said he be­lieved the City was act­ing in good faith to meet its obli­ga­tions un­der the lease, while balanc­ing the in­ter­ests of the broader com­mu­nity in re­lo­cat­ing the club.

“Great projects like the wave park are al­ways com­plex and we be­lieve the City and URBNSURF Perth are work­ing co-op­er­a­tively to de­liver a unique, world­class recre­ational des­ti­na­tion for fam­i­lies, vis­i­tors and any­one in­ter­ested in learn­ing to surf,” he said.

“We have been in reg­u­lar com­mu­ni­ca­tion with the City about achiev­ing our re­spec­tive con­di­tions un­der the lease and main­tain a good work­ing re­la­tion­ship with the coun­cil and its of­fi­cers.

“We are very com­fort­able that the con­di­tions of the lease will be able to be met by both the City and URBNSURF Perth.”

Mr Ross said the devel­op­ment ap­pli­ca­tion for the project would be sub­mit­ted to the WA Plan­ning Com­mis­sion in mid-Oc­to­ber and it would also be con­sid­ered by a num­ber of State reg­u­la­tory agen­cies.

“This im­por­tant step for­ward will oc­cur de­spite the ef­forts of a small group of in­di­vid­u­als to dis­rupt this great devel­op­ment for Melville in or­der to main­tain their priv­i­leged con­nec­tion to the fore­shore.

“We are look­ing for­ward to shar­ing with the Melville com­mu­nity and our many surf park sup­port­ers all the new im­agery, pro­posed de­sign and other in­for­ma­tion about the many ben­e­fits this project will pro­vide for peo­ple in­ter­ested in learn­ing to surf or sim­ply hon­ing their surf­ing skills.”

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