City of Wanneroo gives pedalo business tick of approval


Rob Pitchford from The Butler Pedal Boat Company. Picture: Martin Kennealey        www.communitypix.com.au   d458380
Rob Pitchford from The Butler Pedal Boat Company. Picture: Martin Kennealey        www.communitypix.com.au d458380

A BUTLER couple expect to launch their pedal boat business this weekend after receiving the seal of approval last week.

Rob and Christine Pitchford have been setting up their boat hire business on one of the Brampton Park artificial lakes this week after the City of Wanneroo finalised their contract.

Mr Pitchford said it had been “a long time coming” since he first pitched the idea to the City, and he was grateful for their forward thinking to allow the tourism-based business on its lake.

“It’s been 16 months and it’s been a long drawn-out process for all involved,” he said.

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“We weren’t anywhere near knowing how long it would take and how the process would be.”

Having approached the mayor in May 2015, which led to a lengthy approvals process, Mr Pitchford said he first came up with the idea two years ago.

“I walked past the lake two years ago, in 2014, and I just thought ‘there’s a budding business here’,” he said.

The former firefighter worked for a boat hire company in the UK about 15 years ago, and has lived in Butler for the past decade.

“We’ve watched the suburb expand – the majority of things that have happened in the suburb have been good,” he said.

“It’s a pretty nice neighbourhood to live in. We think our boats are going to be a valued addition to the lake and the community.”

The couple are licensed to rent out up to 10 ‘leg-powered pedalos’ and children under-10 will need to be supervised.

They launch on Saturday, August 27, and initially operate seven days a week, from 9.30am on weekdays or 8am on weekends, until about half an hour before sunset.

Mr Pitchford said it would cost $10 to hire a boat for 30 minutes, with up to four people per vessel.

“It doesn’t matter if you are nine or 90 – seniors can come out and try some gentle exercise,” he said.