Kite surfing gets nod

Students Coden De Agrela, Madison Collier, Jade Jarmyn and Madison Yakas worked with artist George Domahidy. Picture: Martin Kennealey www.communitypix.com.au d399382
Students Coden De Agrela, Madison Collier, Jade Jarmyn and Madison Yakas worked with artist George Domahidy. Picture: Martin Kennealey www.communitypix.com.au d399382

Last week councillors debated proposed kite-surfing schools along the Applecross foreshore for more than an hour, with Susanne Taylor-Rees calling for the City to reject any proposed kite surfing school applications until a foreshore management plan is put in place.

Cr Taylor-Rees called for the council to take a lead from the City of Cockburn and ban kite-surfing schools from operating, until policies and guidelines were in place to ensure people and the area were kept safe.

The motion was narrowly defeated and the application passed by council, which meant the City would notify the Swan River Trust that it would support a proposed kite-surfing school to operate from Melville Beach in Applecross.

While the Swan River Trust will make the decision, it had asked the City of Melville for its opinion.

Despite the City supporting the first application for kite-surfing schools to operate in Melville Beach, it did however reject an application by a second operator who applied for a proposed kite surfing school at Melville Beach Applecross, Attadale Foreshore and Point Walter. Councillors rejected the second application due to the number of locations the school wanted to operate from.’

‘Due to the absence of a foreshore management plan or policy, the fact that a number of locations were being proposed and the environmental sensitivity of the Attadale Foreshore location, the application was not supported,’ acting mayor Duncan Macphail said.

Kitesufing operator Soulkite, the successful applicant at the meeting, said it was pleased with the decision and vowed to look after the environment.