Perth artificial wave park on Swan River a step closer after Supreme Court win

URBNSURF Perth
July
 18,
 2018

Proponents of a controversial artificial wave park proposed for Perth's iconic Swan River have claimed a victory in the Supreme Court after a bid by a community group to derail the $30 million project was thrown out. Urbnsurf want to build the facility on four hectares of parkland in the well-heeled riverside Perth suburb of Alfred Cove. According to the company, waves would range from 0.6-metre rolling, white-water waves to 2.1m powerful, barrelling waves designed for high-level performance surfing. It claims the facility would attract up to 300,000 visits per year and benefit tourism in the city. But locals have raised concerns about the environmental impact of the project and the loss of access to the current bowls club and...

Court bid to sink Alfred Cove wave park fails

URBNSURF Perth
July
 17,
 2018

BACKERS of a divisive wave park on the Swan River at Tompkins Park hope to begin building the $25 million complex next year after opponents failed in a Supreme Court bid to force a judicial review of the project. In a blow to community groups fighting the wave park, Justice Jeremy Allanson dismissed the Swan Foreshore Protection Association’s application for a review and ordered it to pay costs. The association had claimed the City of Melville failed in its public notice requirements before granting a lease to wave park proponents Urbnsurf. While Justice Allanson agreed the city had technically failed to comply with required regulations, that should not have prevented the lease being issued. “In this case, as counsel for...

Alfred Cove: Supreme Court rejects application for review into wave park ground lease

URBNSURF Perth
July
 17,
 2018

THE Supreme Court has today dismissed an application from the Swan Foreshore Protection Association (SFPA) for a judicial review into the ground lease for the proposed wave park in Alfred Cove. The SPFA argued that the City of Melville failed to advertise the name of the lessee in its business case for the $25 million proposed project. The ground lease was ticked off by the City of Melville and the Wave Park Group (WPG) in April 2017. Urbnsurf and WPG founder and executive chairman Andrew Ross said the decision meant “common sense” had prevailed and vindicated the company’s decision to not back down to pressure from a “noisy minority” who wanted to keep prime public land on the riverfront for...

Perth surf park a step closer to $28m takeoff

URBNSURF Perth
June
 26,
 2018

A private Perth company led by former oil and gas executive Andrew Ross is close to realising its vision of building artificial wave parks across Australia. URBNSURF has been given the green light to proceed with its long-awaited Tompkins Park development in Alfred Cove,bringing the value of its surf park projects under way in Perth, Sydney and Melbourne to $88 million. The Environmental Protection Authority approval is subject to appeal but the Fremantle-based company is confident it has cleared a major hurdle and is looking forward to construction starting next year. URBNSURF founder and chairman Andrew Ross told Business News that a development application for the $28 million Perth project would shortly be lodged with Department of Planning, Lands and...

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...