Floating helipad trial wins support of City

An artist’s impression of the helipads now under consideration.
An artist’s impression of the helipads now under consideration.

THE City of Perth has supported a proposal to install floating helipads on the Swan River for a two-year trial period.

At a council meeting last week, the City supported development applications by Heliwest Group and Skyline Aviation Group to install two helipads on the river opposite the Terrace Road car park for commercial and emergency use.

The City recommended an environmental impact study, restriction on hours of use and other conditions, although the Parks and Wildlife Department would need to grant final approval.

A spokeswoman from the department confirmed it received two applications for floating helipads and the applications were referred to State and Commonwealth agencies for comment, including the City of Perth.

“This submission and others will be considered by the department in assessing the applications prior to making a recommendation to the Minister for Environment,” the spokeswoman said. “As the applications are still under assessment, no comment can be provided regarding the likelihood of approval or possible conditions.”

The spokeswoman said a formal submission had not been received, as of late last week.

Lord Mayor Lisa Scaffidi said the maintenance of the Swan River was the City’s first priority.

“Located within walking distance of the Bell Tower, the helipads will add to the dynamic foreshore precinct of Barrack Square Jetty and Elizabeth Quay,” she said.