Alfred Cove: electors tell council to reject wave park proposal

Like some of US President Donald Trump's speeches, many claims about the wave park beggar belief.
Like some of US President Donald Trump's speeches, many claims about the wave park beggar belief.

AN overwhelming majority of voters demand Melville councillors refuse to support the proposed Alfred Cove wave park when they decide its fate tomorrow night.

Of more than 600 postal ballots issued by the City of Melville, 385 of those returned advocated dropping the controversial development compared to 130 in favour.

The ballot is non-binding and the result is in stark contrast to submissions received during an eight-week advertising period for the project.

More than 3000 of 3700 submissions supported the wave park, although 2300 of those came from people living outside Melville.

Since it was first announced last August, the Wave Park Group proposal has faced fierce opposition from nearby residents and community groups who have raised concerns about environmental and traffic impacts, loss of open space and the proponent’s ability to finance the $25 million project.

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Wave Park Group chairman Andrew Ross has consistently pleaded for patience and that the proposal be allowed to follow due process.

“We had over 3100 signatures on a petition supporting the wave park last year and then there were more than 3000 submissions in favour of the project during the advertising period,” he said.

“There seems to be about a 50-50 split among the community which leads you to conclude that this project should at the very least be presented to independent regulatory agencies so they can assess its merits.”

Alfred Cove Action Group spokesman David Maynier hailed the postal ballot as a solid result for opponents of the project.

“We believe that there are other, better sites for this wave park in the City of Melville and that these have not been adequately investigated,” he said.

“We do not understand why the City is so keen to hand this prime piece of public open space and the Melville Bowling Club site over to the first developer who comes its way without any investigation of alternative sites or seeking other offers.”

For his part, Wave Park Group chairman Andrew Ross has consistently pleaded for patience and that the proposal be allowed to follow due process.

“We had over 3100 signatures on a petition supporting the wave park last year and then there were more than 3000 submissions in favour of the project during the advertising period,” he said.

“There seems to be about a 50-50 split among the community which leads you to conclude that this project should at the very least be presented to independent regulatory agencies so they can assess its merits.”

Alfred Cove Action Group spokesman David Maynier hailed the postal ballot as a solid result for opponents of the project.

“We believe that there are other, better sites for this wave park in the City of Melville and that these have not been adequately investigated,” he said.

“We do not understand why the City is so keen to hand this prime piece of public open space and the Melville Bowling Club site over to the first developer who comes its way without any investigation of alternative sites or seeking other offers.”

He also called on the City o release the risk assessment for the proposal and said ACAG had sought legal advice on whether the City had complied with the requirements of the Local Government Act in dealing with the application.

If Melville council votes in favour of entering a provisional ground lease with Wave Park Group tonight, Mr Ross will be free to lodge a formal development application with the Department of Parks and Wildlife.