EPA gives green light for Alfred Cove wave park application

URBNSURF Perth
June
 11,
 2018

WA's environmental watchdog has bowed out of the fracas surrounding a contentious proposal to build a wave park on the Swan River foreshore after claiming the development poses no “significant” environmental impacts to the site. In handing down its decision on the proposed Alfred Park wave park on Monday, the Environmental Protection Authority said impacts to groundwater, surface water, vegetation and fauna habitat were “potential significant effects”. However it was confident any impacts could be “adequately managed” through URBNSURF's management and mitigation measures. The EPA instead elected not to assess the project, despite a number of submissions calling for a public environmental review. The decision not to invest more time in assessing the proposal means URBNSURF is free to submit...

Environmental Protection Authority won’t further assess proposed Melville wave park on Swan River

URBNSURF Perth
June
 11,
 2018

A CONTENTIOUS $25 million wave park on the banks of the Swan River has cleared another hurdle and will not be further assessed by the State’s environmental watchdog. WA’s Environmental Protection Authority said on Monday the potential environmental impact of the proposed surf sports, recreation and leisure facility at the western end of Tompkins Park in Alfred Cove was not so significant as to warrant formal assessment. Community tensions around Urbnsurf’s proposed wave park were a major trigger for last year’s inquiry into the City of Melville, which is ongoing. Some ratepayers are concerned about the choice of site. The park still needs development approval from the WA Planning Commission. The EPA’s decision is also open to appeal. In its...

EPA won’t assess proposed Alfred Cove wave park, says environmental impacts not significant enough for formal assessment

URBNSURF Perth
June
 11,
 2018

THE Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) has announced today that it will not assess the proposed wave park in Alfred Cove. The Wave Park Group (WPG) submitted an environmental assessment to the EPA in January as part of “complete transparency” for the $25 million Urbnsurf project. WPG chairman Andrew Ross said the wave park proposal had been subject to a campaign of “environmental mistruths” from a small number of opponents who simply wanted to retain prime public land on the riverfront to continue to be used as their own backyard. “The EPA’s decision makes it clear that the wild claims by opponents of the wave park about supposed environmental impacts do not stack up scientifically, and many of their points about...

Environmental Protection Authority won’t further assess proposed Melville wave park on Swan River

URBNSURF Perth
June
 11,
 2018

A CONTENTIOUS $25 million wave park on the banks of the Swan River has cleared another hurdle and will not be further assessed by the State’s environmental watchdog. WA’s Environmental Protection Authority said on Monday the potential environmental impact of the proposed surf sports, recreation and leisure facility at the western end of Tompkins Park in Alfred Cove was not so significant as to warrant formal assessment. Community tensions around Urbnsurf’s proposed wave park were a major trigger for last year’s inquiry into the City of Melville, which is ongoing. Some ratepayers are concerned about the choice of site. The park still needs development approval from the WA Planning Commission. The EPA’s decision is also open to appeal. In its...

Environmental Protection Authority won’t further assess proposed Melville wave park on Swan River

URBNSURF Perth
June
 11,
 2018

A contentious $25 million wave park on the banks of the Swan River has cleared another hurdle and will not be further assessed by the State’s environmental watchdog. WA’s Environmental Protection Authority said on Monday the potential environmental impact of the proposed surf sports, recreation and leisure facility at the western end of Tompkins Park in Alfred Cove was not so significant as to warrant formal assessment. Community tensions around Urbnsurf’s proposed wave park were a major trigger for last year’s inquiry into the City of Melville, which is ongoing. Some ratepayers are concerned about the choice of site. The park still needs development approval from the WA Planning Commission. The EPA’s decision is also open to appeal. In its...

Australia riding the wave of the surf park boom

URBNSURF Melbourne
April
 04,
 2018

The hunt for the perfect wave, the early morning surf check, the tribal meeting point, talk of tides and sets, the long paddle out, the waiting — some of the thrills of surfing are in the anticipation. So you would think it would be sacrilege for a surfer to enjoy something man-made, consistent and predictable like an artificial wave pool. But you can forget Bells Beach, Snapper Rocks or Margaret River; the new surf frontier is nowhere near the coast. Australia is set to become the latest destination to build commercial, artificial surf parks. Melbourne will be first, followed closely by Sydney and Perth, with a dozen others also on the drawing board. Perth-based company Urbnsurf will begin construction on...