ELECTORS and residents in Melville are generally not against the concept of a Wave Park, but many feel that the proponents could not have chosen a worse site.
Issues of major concern about the proposed Alfred Cove Wave Park site are:
n The effect on a nearby bird sanctuary, loss of public open space and general vista on to the Swan River, pollutants entering the Swan River from treated water in the Wave Park and the effect on ground water supply;
n Health issues centre around using ground water for the Wave Park that could be contaminated from previous (pre-1953) land fills in Tompkins Park;
n Increased traffic congestion and impact on traffic safety, as Canning Highway is already the fourth most gridlocked road in Perth;
n Noise pollution from the waves, PA system and general razzamatazz; and
n Loss of a historic and heritage icon – the Melville Bowls and Recreation Club – that has been operating on a sustained basis for nearly 60 years.
Following a petition by electors to have their concerns heard, a special council meeting was held on January 23.
About 650 electors turned up and passionately voiced their concerns about the proposal to site the Wave Park in Alfred Cove.
It begs the question: Will the Melville City Council listen to its electors’ concerns or pursue a commercial interest?