Wave Park Proposal Progressed by Council

City of Melville Councillors have given their approval to take the next step towards the development of a surfing recreation facility in Alfred Cove

Council’s decision at the 21 February, Ordinary Meeting of Council, authorises the City’s Chief Executive Officer to proceed with the drafting and negotiation of a ground lease agreement with the Wave Park Group Pty Ltd, who submitted an unsolicited proposal in August 2016.

Chief Executive Officer Dr Shayne Silcox said the proposed surf sports, recreation and leisure facility would be the first of its kind in Western Australia.

“The City is working through a clear process that will allow the project to be fully considered, and conditions put in place to ensure the appropriate assessment of risks and impacts will be conducted,” Dr Silcox said.

“It is not until the proponent has worked through every stage of the process that a final decision can be made on the project, and this will largely depend on whether the project can secure necessary approvals from a large number of external agencies with their various areas of specialisation.”

City of Melville Mayor Russell Aubrey said it was the City’s responsibility to plan for the future and the long term needs of the community across the Melville district and this proposal was considered to be both unique and transformational in that it could deliver a range of community benefits.

“We are focused on the long term wellbeing, amenity and economic benefits that can be delivered to our community across the generations and this proposal presents those outcomes” Mayor Aubrey said.

The community benefits and risks are outlined in the Business Case and this proposal potentially shows a strong alignment to what the Community has told us through the City’s Strategic Community Plan consultation process and the Strategic Corporate Plan objectives.

Once drafted, the CEO will need to seek final authority from Councillor’s for execution of the lease agreement.

Once the lease is executed, the Wave Park Group would be free to lodge their development application with the Department of Parks and Wildlife.

The proposal does not include any residential development on the site and will not result in any net loss of playing fields.

The City’s intention will be to seek to invest any returns derived from this lease to reduce future rate increases.

For more information about the proposal visit www.melvillecity.com.au/consultation