Opinion: No wavering on park plan

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

WHILE there have been some interesting letters published in favour of the wave park, they haven’t swayed my mind.

The outcome of the project will be a large piece of our precious river-front public land going to a private company for 50 years.

It seems the City of Melville is proposing to spend over $9 million of Melville ratepayers’ money to reconfigure the Tompkins Park playing fields and relocate lawn bowls to accommodate the proposed privately-run wave park.

The artists’ impression of an aerial view of the wave park highlights the lagoon with our beautiful river in the background. However, from ground level all we will ever see are high walls and fences to keep people out and water in.

I presume the views are for the proposed function centre, cafe and bars that will accompany the wave park.

A search of wave parks in other part of the world shows that users can pay $50 to $100 per hour to use these facilities.

So why would families pay hundreds of dollars for every hour at a surf park when the free beach is not very far away?

As Urbnsurf has no history in operating wave pools, we should not be risking our precious public land on a high risk private venture.

Perhaps a surf park near Perth Airport would be more appropriate as it can be similar in size to the one near Melbourne’s airport, better road network, easily accessible to all metropolitan suburbs.