Alfred Cove: second meeting of electors called to discuss $25m surf facility

An artist's impression of the proposed wave park.
An artist's impression of the proposed wave park.

WAVE Park Group chairman Andrew Ross will boycott a second special meeting of electors called to discuss the proposed $25 million Alfred Cove surf facility.

The meeting, slated for March 15, comes after City of Melville received a 261-signature petition requesting councillors consider alternative options for the site.

It foreshadows a motion demanding the City “suspend current (ground lease) negotiations and consider alternative proposals for community recreational and leisure use of the Melville Bowling Club site compatible with the Alfred Cove environment”.

Mr Ross said he viewed the meeting as an abuse of process and he would be instructing wave park supporters not to attend.

“This is the same issue being debated over and over again,” he said.

“After following the Local Government Act process, Melville council has made a decision to allow the chief executive to negotiate a ground lease which we are busy working through.

“In my view this special electors meeting is unnecessary and a waste of City of Melville resources because a decision has already been made.”

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Alfred Cove Action Group (ACAG) spokesman David Maynier said the petition had been started by an Alfred Cove resident and it had the group’s full support.

“During the advertising period for the wave park ACAG put in an alternative proposal, the Swan Estuary Reserves Action Group put in an alternative proposal and there a number of others that were not properly considered,” Mr Maynier said.

“Mr Ross need not to attend; he wants a wave park and these other people want something different.”

The first held a special electors meeting to discuss the wave park in January, with a large majority of attendees voting in favour of scrapping the wave park via a subsequent postal ballot.

Last month councillors voted 8-5 to authorise chief executive Shayne Silcox to negotiate a ground lease with Wave Park Group, however motions passed at electors’ meetings are not binding.

Councillors will vote on whether to enter into the completed ground lease once it is prepared.

The latest special meeting of electors takes place from 7pm on March 15 at Mount Pleasant Baptist Community College.