Opinion: Let’s just get on with the wave park

An artist's impression of the proposed wave park.
An artist's impression of the proposed wave park.

The final speaker at the Special Electors’ Meeting on Wednesday night (January 17) offered a new perspective on the Wave Park issue, a refreshing change from the attacks on the Council we’d heard all night.

He was a young dad who voiced his beliefs calmly and respectfully, despite a constant barrage of boos, taunts and jeers from large portions of the audience who were clearly against the wave park.

Like many Melville residents, he expressed frustration that our rates are now being spent on a defending a baseless Supreme Court action lodged by the Swan Foreshore Protection Authority.

He was honest – stating that even though he doesn’t always agree with Council decisions, he praised the City of Melville for their continued patience, perseverance and for remaining impartial on the Wave Park issue.

Enough time has been wasted on meetings, discussions, marches, phone calls, emails, letters (this one included) and now State Government inquiries and legal proceedings about the surf park proposed for Tompkins Park.

Enough ratepayers’ money has been spent on Special Electors’ Meetings and dealing with hundreds of frivolous complaints lodged by a handful of residents.

After years of research, the City of Melville made an educated, fiscally-responsible decision to build a new Melville Bowls Club and sign a lease which will earn the City close to a million dollars ($700,000) a year in rent.

We’ll also get a world-class, modern sporting facility in return that will employ locals, keep us fit, produce world-class athletes and help us have a lot of fun with our neighbours and families for years to come.

I’m with the young dad – please everyone, can’t we just get on with it and let due process take place?