Kite-surfing bid approved

parties face off on highway
parties face off on highway

The decision comes despite neighbouring City of Cockburn recently banning kite surfing operators from teaching within all City foreshores for the rest of the summer.

The ban was proposed after the City of Cockburn received a series of complaints relating to dangerous behaviour, including kites landing on beach walkers and tangled lines.

However, Melville councillors last week voted to advise the Swan River Trust the City had no objections to the proposal from a kite surfing school to operate classes at the Pt Walter location.

Melville chief executive Shayne Silcox said the City was not responsible for activities on the water, but Swan River Trust had approached the City for an opinion.

Swan River Trust Riverpark manager Chris Mather said the kite-surfing school that applied for the permit would be notified of the decision once the assessment was complete.

‘At this stage we have had one application from a surf school; however we are aware of other operators who may consider lodging applications,’ he said.

Mr Mather said a kite surf school wanting to run lessons from Pt Walter Reserve was required to have approval from both the Swan River Trust and the local government authority.

Kite-surfing operators said Point Walter worked as an ideal kite-surfing location on strong easterly wind directions.

The City of Melville also voted not to object to a proposal for stand- up paddleboard lessons to run from Pt Walter Reserve, on the condition no signage or flags associated with the business were displayed.

Dr Silcox said the City had not received any complaints regarding kite surfing at Point Walter Reserve.