City of Melville calls special meeting to discuss wave park proposal

So much beauty at stake
Not a lagoon by any definition.
The saga continues.
So much beauty at stake Not a lagoon by any definition. The saga continues.

THE City of Melville has called a snap special meeting of council tonight to consider a formal proposal for a wave park on the current site of the Melville Bowling Club.

Proponent Andrew Ross, founder of Wave Park Group and Urbnsurf, first announced his intention to submit a proposal for the Alfred Cove site in August.

The state-of-the-art wave park, with an estimated $25 million price tag, will feature a 2.4ha lagoon and is forecast to attract close to 300,000 visitors per year.

The project hinges on Melville Bowling Club agreeing to a merge and co-location with Mt Pleasant Bowling club at a new multi-sport facility at nearby Tompkins Park.

A postal poll of Melville Bowling Club members in October found a majority supported relocating but a group of members who claim the voting method was unconstitutional has challenged the validity of that vote.

More than 200 people have signed a petition protesting the relocation of the Melville Bowling Club, prompting the City to hold a special meeting of electors to discuss that issue on Wednesday, December 7.

The Melville Times has requested a copy of the Urbnsurf wave park proposal to be considered tonight .

The special meeting of council will also consider future use options for the Mount Pleasant Bowling Club site.