A SECOND alternative to the controversial Alfred Cove wave park has been officially unveiled, this time compiled by the Swan Estuary Reserves Action Group (SERAG).
Following in the footsteps of the Alfred Cove Action Group, SERAG has floated its own concept plan for the site of the current Melville Bowling Club.
The proposal includes a cafe in the existing clubrooms with passive and active recreation areas, in the form of an adventure playground and bike tracks.
It calls for an upgrade and realignment of the existing dual use pathway farther from the edge of the river, which would allow for the revegetation of a ribbon of foreshore land as a wildlife corridor.
With Melville Council slated to vote on entering a ground lease agreement with Wave Park Group tonight, SERAG secretary Catherine O’Neill said she hoped the proposal opened councillors’ eyes to alternate uses for the site.
“We have tried to work out how we can support, protect and enhance the natural values of the area rather than ignoring them through an internally-focused facility like the wave park,” Ms O’Neill said.
“Our main concern is council thinking the wave park is terrific and not properly valuing the public open space that we have there and the immense ecological value of the site.”
The location of the proposed wave park includes part of a Bush Forever site and the development is adjacent to the Alfred Cove A-Class reserve.
“As soon as the wave park proposal came out, we started talking about the fact that this was an extra special piece of land for both the Melville and Perth community,” Ms O’Neill said. “Despite that, the community has basically been barred from contributing to the outcome.”
Melville chief executive Shayne Silcox said the community had been consulted.
“The City employed a consultation process over an eight week period and invited submissions from the public,” he said.
SERAG concept similar to wave park proposal says WPG chairman
WAVE Park Group chairman Andrew Ross said the SERAG concept drew upon and validated many aspects of the wave park proposal.
Features such as the living stream, bike node, cafe, nature playground, skate pump tracks, multi-purpose event areas, and the rehabilitation of native vegetation on the foreshore and the existing wetlands are all part of the surf park proposal,” he said.
“Importantly, these initiative would be funded through the surf park project – there is no mention of how the SERAG proposal would be funded.
“The SERAG proposal is concerned with creating a space ‘for quiet reflection, relaxation and gentle exercise.’
“This fails to recognise that Tompkins Park is the largest and most heavily used sports precinct in the City of Melville, and one of the largest in all of Perth.
“There are over 28ha of passive reserve literally around the corner at Attadale Reserve where residents can currently pursue gentle exercise and quiet reflection. There is no need for more of the same.
“We also query the SERAG proposal to remove and revegetate over 10,000sq m of existing public open space from Tompkins Park and the relocation of the heavily utilised dual-use path from the foreshore.
“To return a large proportion of the proposed site to its former marshland state would require significant wet excavation or dredging of the existing land fill in place, and ironically, would present significant risk to the estuarine environment through potential acid sulfate soil exposure and mobilisation of sediments.
“It is likely the risks to the environment of the SERAG proposal would far outweigh any environmental benefits.”