THE State Government has been formally asked to intervene in the outcome of the Alfred Cove Wave Park after a petition bearing more than 3400 signatures objecting to the development was tabled in the Legislative Council last Tuesday.
A second petition with close to 2750 signatures requesting a Legislative Council inquiry into the City of Melville council and administration’s handling of the wave park proposal was also tabled.
About 40 Alfred Cove Action Group (ACAG) supporters gathered on the steps of Parliament House to hand the petitions to Bicton MLA Lisa O’Malley and South Metropolitan MLC Pierre Yang, who presented them in Parliament later that same day.
Mrs O’Malley said the number of signatures reflected the level of concern within the local community and that while she liked the concept, she believed it was the wrong location.
Addressing the Legislative Assembly, Mrs O’Malley said residents were worried about loss of open space and the possible environmental impact of the wave park development.
“The current location of the site has a minor low-impact development—the Melville Bowling Club and the adjacent Tompkins Park – but it is right alongside an A-class Reserve in the Alfred Cove area itself,” she said.
“The area is lined with mudflats and intertidal vegetation that provide shelter and rich foraging for many animals.”
Wave Park Group chairman Andrew Ross reiterated that there would be no net loss of playing fields at Tompkins Park and questioned the true motives of the ACAG.
“If even half the things that are being claimed about the potential impacts of our project were true, I’d be the first to sign the petition of the anti-group,” he said.
“The simple truth is this is not the case and this will be demonstrated through the detailed study work that is now underway.
“Instead of simply saying ‘we don’t like it’ or ‘we are scared of change’, a degree of scaremongering is being undertaken on the basis of imagined environmental impacts the project may have without having any real understanding of the project or offering any evidence in support of the assertions made.
“The surf park proposal for Tompkins Park is the right project, at the right location, at the right time.”