City of Melville receives proposal for state-of-the-art surf park

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THE City of Melville has received a formal proposal to use land currently occupied by the Melville Bowling Club in Alfred Cove for a state-of-the-art surf park.

Wave Park Group unveiled similar projects in Melbourne and Sydney earlier in this year and has now turned its attention west .

The company’s website indicates it will formally announce URBNSURF Perth on Saturday, but the City of Melville today released a statement confirming it had been approached about the project.

Melville Mayor Russell Aubrey said while the proposal was only at the concept stage and had not been properly assessed or brought before council, he was happy to see Melville being considered as a prime destination for the facility.

“As the City continues to plan for the future and the long-term needs of all our residents, we are working to provide benefits to our community as a whole in terms of wellbeing, amenity and economics, and this proposal will need to present those outcomes,” he said.

“In terms of process, the proposal will need to come before council accompanied by a detailed business case.

“Should council then endorse formal advertising of the proposal the community will be called upon to provide their feedback.”

Earlier this year the City released a report into the future of lawn bowls in Melville that included a recommendation to shift Melville Bowling Club 300m to the east to a new Tompkins Park sporting hub.

In June, council directed Melville chief executive Shayne Silcox to investigate suitable future recreational uses for the existing Melville Bowling Club site if it were to be vacated.

The City said the Wave Park Group proposal was received subsequent to that meeting.

The proposal does not include any residential development on site and concept planning work to date indicates there will not be any net loss of playing fields.

The Melbourne and Sydney surf parks include a licensed cafe, fully equipped pro-shop, training academy, beach cabanas, skate ramps, playgrounds and rock-climbing wall.

Wave Park Group would lease the land from the City, which said it intended to invest any money derived from the lease into sport and recreation in the community.

For more information about the proposed facility visit www.urbnsurf.co .