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...

Work now underway on Melbourne’s URBNSURF – the world’s first full-sized Wavegarden “Cove”.

URBNSURF Melbourne
April
 02,
 2018

The company expects URBNSURF Melbourne to be pumping out up to 1,000 perfect, 2m high ocean-like surfing waves every hour by Easter 2019. And they're aiming to develop up to ten world-class surf parks in Australia by 2028. From the press release: URBANSURF announced it has now secured $28.3 million in funding to develop URBNSURF Melbourne at Melbourne Airport, the world’s first full-sized Wavegarden® “Cove” surfing lagoon. With planning consent already obtained and construction scheduled to commence in March 2018, Located adjacent to the Essendon Football Club on Airport Drive, and just 16 kilometres north of Melbourne’s CBD, URBNSURF Melbourne has been designed to be an innovative surf sports, leisure and entertainment facility centred around a world-class surfing lagoon. At 2.1 hectares in...

Hume jobs boost as surf park hits Tullamarine

URBNSURF Melbourne
March
 06,
 2018

A world-first surf park at Melbourne Airport will soon be making waves, with construction set to start this month. The $28 million project by URBNSURF has been given final planning approval to bring the world’s first full-sized Wavegarden Cove surfing lagoon to Tullamarine. The 2.1 hectare lagoon is about the size of the MCG and will be able to host up to 84 surfers per hour across six surfing zones. URBNSURF hopes the lagoon will pump out up to 1000, two-metre ocean-like surfing waves every hour. The surf park is expected to open by Easter 2019. URBNSURF founder Andrew Ross said the state-of-the-art facility would provide a safe and convenient surfing experience for all skill levels, year-round. The precinct will...