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 last week that the City would not be able to move the Melville Bowling Club from their current location by October 1 as per the agreement.
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, world-class 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.
“We are looking forward to working with these agencies in their assessment of the development, and are confident that they will take a balanced view of this exciting project,” he said.
“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.”