IN the early hours of this morning – after four and a half hours of debate behind closed doors – Melville council voted 7-4 to approve a Wave Park Group ground lease for the $25 million Alfred Cove surf facility.
The decision clears a major hurdle for Wave Park Group, which is now free to begin the process of lodging a formal development application with the Department of Parks and Wildlife.
The details of the final lease have not yet been disclosed, although it has been revealed that Melville councillors made a multitude of amendments to the document they were presented by chief executive Shayne Silcox.
Wave Park Group chairman Andrew Ross was quick to welcome the news this morning, labelling the approval “a huge win for the residents of the City of Melville and the broader Perth community.”
“Tompkins Park is one of about 30 sites in Perth we have examined over the past four years, and no other location is as well suited to the development as this one,” he said.
“Aside from being correctly zoned and the largest and most highly used active sports reserve in the City of Melville, the site also benefits from good transport connectivity, suitable ground conditions, and access to power and water.”
Ahead of last night’s decision, Mr Ross had stated he would abandon plans for a Perth surf facility if the Tompkins Park lease was not granted.
More to come.