Perth wave pool all washed up after bid for land rejected

Rhiannon Shine
Swellnet Dispatch

The Western Australian Government has rejected a request to hand over Crown land for a controversial wave pool proposed for the banks of Perth's Swan River.

Urbnsurf wanted to build the facility on four hectares of parkland in the well-heeled riverside suburb of Alfred Cove, south of Perth's CBD.

The proposed park would include waves ranging in size from "0.6-metre whitewater waves to 2.1-metre barrelling waves" designed for high-level performance surfing.

Urbnsurf claimed the facility would attract up to 300,000 visits per year and benefit tourism in the city. But locals raised concerns about the environmental impact of the project and the loss of access to the current bowls club and parklands on the site.

Minister refuses to lock out 'future generations'

Lands Minister Ben Wyatt said he had notified Urbnsurf that he would reject a proposal by the City of Melville to utilise a portion of Crown land for the project.

He said although the land parcel made up less than 10 per cent of the overall land required for the development, the proponent had previously indicated that it was necessary for the project to proceed.

"While I admire the enthusiasm of the developers, we must remember that it is land owned by the community and without local support it is impossible to justify locking future generations out of the space which was designated for public recreation and constant use," Mr Wyatt said.

He said the State Government remained open to working with the developers to find a more suitable site.

"The rest of the land is freehold land owned by the City of Melville so if they can recalibrate their project and fit it on the City of Melville's project then that is up to the City of Melville," he said.

"The Government is keen to work with the proponent to try and find a better location for a project that I am enthusiastic about."

"The proponent has a good idea, we just have to find a better location."

// RHIANNON SHINE

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Blowin commented Thursday, 28 Mar 2019 at 7:37pm

AKA take your dickhead magnet surfy theme park somewhere else where the locals don’t feel the urge to vomit if there is a car parked in their street worth less than a hundred grand.

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unclevernon commented Thursday, 28 Mar 2019 at 9:58pm

The Urbnsurf mob seemed rather innocent of politics from the get go and were dreaming if they thought they could get that thing built on prime riverfront real estate. They were already facing a pretty massive NIMBY campaign anyway with plenty of unresolved environmental problems to be dealt with even before the state gov shot it down.

They lost me with the typical bullshit calls of 6ft barrels on offer anyway.

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Eugene Green commented Thursday, 28 Mar 2019 at 10:43pm

That computer image is hilarious!

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truebluebasher commented Thursday, 28 Mar 2019 at 11:06pm

Clever unclevernon knows the score..
Council listed the site as an old Toxic Dump that the town had dressed over.
URBNSURF claimed they could scrape just deep enough short of contamination.
Beneath the site flows the Aquifer that URBNSURF needs to freely fill the Wavepool.

Main issue being running the Bore water thru contamination out into River.
Very similar to Waco...with the Brain bugs living beneath...(Ok but with pool linings!)

URBNSURF filtration is said to be drinkable but is not guaranteed as Town Water.
If just one cup full fails it's a Shitstorm for folks & river with no coming back.

Given that URBNSURF Wales have WR torn linings & 4 dump/refills in a short time.
The very last people you want for this Aquifer bugged Toxic Wave pond by the River.
Pretty gutsy call by WA to derail the Gravy Train...tbb never saw that coming!

http://www.epa.wa.gov.au/sites/default/files/public-advice/Urbnsurf%20Wa...

https://www.watoday.com.au/national/western-australia/epa-decision-paves...

https://www.watoday.com.au/national/western-australia/state-government-b...

tbb dedicates W.A. wavepool ode to Blowin
URBNSURF (sic) Riding the wave of Self Righteousness by J.P.Quinton
https://jpquinton.com/urbn-surf-sic-or-riding-the-wave-of-self-righteous...

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GFC commented Monday, 1 Apr 2019 at 7:17pm

TBB, thanks for the link to the Construction Water Management Plan. The wave pool layout shown a few pages in hasn't been widely publicised by Urbnsurf. The anti-wave pool locals have been saying for months that the wave pool was going to clear lots of native vegetation and stop access to the river. From the plan it is pretty clear that the pool was only going to take over the bowling greens and some of the adjacent rugby ovals. Urbnsurf really have only themselves to blame in proposing the site without selling it properly to the local community. Interesting to see if they abandon the concept in WA or have a crack elsewhere...

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Hootz75 commented Friday, 29 Mar 2019 at 8:50am

The WA government is piss weak. Land is very much under-utilised and would be perfect place for this park.
If the enviro impact is risky then demand they change their construction design to manage the risk.
If the changes to construction costs make it no longer feasible then the developer has to find an alternative site.
West Australians are sick of governments saying no to everything unless it wins them votes.

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truebluebasher commented Friday, 29 Mar 2019 at 2:13pm

tbb acknowledges Nyoongar people's 'Marradungup' Place of Dead Water'

Wavepark Site 'Tompkins Park Tip closed in Jan/1964.(Zoned: Restricted Use Only)
It is the largest contaminated / remediated site on The Swan River.
50th anniversary of remediation was celebrated with 60 aboriginals/locals.

SERAG Swan Estuary Reserves Action Group remediate Tip by native revegetation.
1953- 1964. Toxic waste has been slowly filtered out from Surface & Groundwater.
Toxic? Public Tip also took Builders Mixed Waste cocktails eg: Asbestos/Silica/Resins.
The site was coated with a metre of fill raising it above 1/100 Flood levels.

Dig as little as one metre and you'll expose the toxic waste.
Groundwater restarts from 2ft down to 2 metre baseline so Toxic Cocktail
Hence the slow release filtering by SERAG native vegetation to mop up.

Along comes do gooderz URBNSURF & coincidentally targets Swan's biggest Tip.
URBNSURF smell free water low cost Tip lease + free flush river site. Tick Tick Tick.

URBNSURF say locals are lying about toxic site...(Oddly! Never won the locals over!)

Let's say they re-open the Tip site fill it with toxic Groundwater to swamp the Swan

Whiteshoe Brigade generally throw shares inside Govt planning to bait Council eg:

Govt rep: Wavepool pumps use less Groundwater per/hr than Sport Field irrigation
Council : Wow! All say Aye!
Local: But Wavepool bore runs 24/7 discharging 348KL/day into the Swan...
Security ! SECURITY! Please escort this gentleman from the Chambers...

Govt rep: Wavepool UV filtration shames Green Field fertilizers + Stormwater runoff.
Council: Fantastic! All say Aye!
2nd Local: Wavepool has 1,000L chem vat + Rain is not 24/7 but Pool runoff is!
Security! SECURITY! Please if you may assist!

Govt rep: In any event Wavepool Geotech Lining is impervious (100 year warranty).
Council: 100 yr Impervious! That's good right! All say Aye!
3rd Local: 100% rip tear fails + several dumps & refills with all their Wavepools.
Security! SECURITY! You know the score!

Govt rep: Wavepool improves safe Recreational Access with Surf Coaching/SLSC
Council: Ticks all boxes! Did he say Nippers! All say Aye!
Last Local: Visitor only entry Fee + Nipper/Parent Year Pass sign up + Exclusive Club.
Security! SECURITY! "Just...Hold up & call off the Bouncers! "
'Ok! Let's give the punk a minute & not a second more!'

Both Darwin & Perth Waterfront Wave Pools are Surfing Australia standard.(Fact!)
Darwin Wave Lagoon Fees for Grom Booger >$35 Year Pass > Less than 10c / day
That works out at a packet of waves for 1 cent + They throw in the Board for free.
https://beachsafe.org.au/beach/nt/darwin/darwin/darwin-wave-lagoon

Question/s...
Can URBNSURF match quality of Darwin Wavepool pricing & service...
& will all Perth Groms be able to afford waves equally as neighbouring Darwin Kidz.

Hardly a trick question & No! tbb doesn't expect an open honest intelligent answer...
I'm guessing the Kids must also leave the room now so a pathetic excuse is given.
Move along people..nothing to see here!
Ask yourself! How any Council could support such a Yuppie Hoax! ($ Monorail $)

tbb will even throw in a rubbery EAR
http://www.epa.wa.gov.au/sites/default/files/Referral_Documentation/Envi...

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gray commented Friday, 12 Apr 2019 at 1:32pm

Nicely put, most enjoyable...

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frog commented Friday, 29 Mar 2019 at 6:11pm

True blue basher condensed post=

"This was an old tip site. Dig and it gets toxic. Bad choice of land "

Frogg

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truebluebasher commented Friday, 29 Mar 2019 at 10:35pm

Bad Choice? Maybe if it were just this site...

Planning officials knock them back in each'n'every town & country they set foot in.

Amazingly they always get what they paid for by spinning the same old line.
Look over there > They're worse, they use more, usually throws them off the scent.

Here's a sneak peak inside their next can of worms...(Warning! Same ol' Song!)
Sydney Olympic Park Authority / Planning Dept / Dept of Primary Industries..
None were at all happy with URBNSURF Water use/Drainage/Discharge.

Yep! You guessed it! Once again code for it's already rubber stamped...Tally Ho boys!

https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/newslocal/inner-west/critics-of-propos...

By the way! The golf Course Story doesn't hold water, it's full of Holes.
Wave Parks use more water than Golf Courses & Nuclear Power Plants...

Far as tbb can tell only cotton farmers poach more water than Wavepool operators.
#1 Recreational Eco vandals giving surfing a bad name...Dump them & fast

Surfers need to totally redesign Wave Parks to near neutral resource footprint.
What we have seen from Surf Reps is a disgraceful procession of Eco disasters
https://beachgrit.com/2018/11/controversy-surf-snowdonia-at-odds-with-na...
We all see it & know it's true but choose to ignore it....I say we yank the chain!

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JakeBathurst commented Saturday, 30 Mar 2019 at 6:26pm

wow knocked back for environmental reasons in West Oz ? maybe they should had said their just building a Gas Plant .

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truebluebasher commented Saturday, 30 Mar 2019 at 10:48pm

I believe the reason given was that Wave pool was to posh for public recreation.
The hourly fee being higher than Ballet or Pro Putt Putt. [Oz Elitist Snob's Club].
Melbourne Airport labels URBNSURF Wavepark as {Elite Precinct} Not for Scum!

Alfred Cove are just normal millionaires failing to make the cut as Wavepool clientele. Govt will direct URBNSURF to poach a Polo field for a marble wavepool in Dalkeith

Darwin wavepool pays for its water / URBNSURF will source water freely.
Darwin wavepool water is Govt compliant / URBNSURF water is not tested the same.
URBNSURF charge WA groms 5,000 x more per/hr than Darwin Wavepool.

How the hell do you score free resource then sell it back to town @ 5,000 x the rate..
Qlder tbb is from Joh era and can smell the Whiteshoe Brigade from oceans away.
Kick start their derregible and chart them into the next Cyclone.

In any world price gouging disqualifies foreigners from free Land & water handout.

'C'mon tbb, did ya see those Waves Dude!'
Sorry! Votes are in...Surfers are next gen Murray River / CBD Water Hogs.
That's exactly how a growing number of communities now see surfers.
No Surfers in our town thanx! How do Surfing Australia /WSL plan to reverse trend?

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jacksprat commented Sunday, 31 Mar 2019 at 6:35pm

If you had no interest in surfing (and most don't), would you really want to live next to this? On second thoughts, even if you do surf, would you want to? Lights, noise, idiots - it would be an instant version of every other surf spot.

onetimeonly

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velocityjohnno commented Sunday, 31 Mar 2019 at 7:12pm

The entire foreshore in front of the Perth CBD is reclaimed land. Why not whack it there? Or with all the work and change in the Burswood to Belmont area, maybe find space there. South Perth foreshore? So much flat grassed land around the river, some of which is not a tip site. Adventure World is near Bibra Lake for precedent... Woodman Pt... Maybe Freo Ports can reclaim some more land...

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kookfactor commented Monday, 1 Apr 2019 at 12:40am

Charging punters to take a toxic bath in what they created seems ironic, reap what you sow humans...giving free land to a money grubbing grabass to sting everyone in the pocket to enjoy the said bath is a bit on the nose, similar to the stench that would come from below. Better to keep it as a park where dogs can shit and humans can unload bulk chemicals to keep green, business as usual. Message to Perth surfers keep flappin in ya 1ft onshore slop muhaha.

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Kellya commented Monday, 1 Apr 2019 at 1:00am

The whole of the Swan/Canning river and surrounding areas is under utillised. Perth is stuck in the 80’s with its development and planning for infrastructure. No surprise at all that Governmentt has stepped in and squashed yet another development opportunity.

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truebluebasher commented Monday, 1 Apr 2019 at 2:18am

jacksprat:
Night after night brainwashed by autobot wave loop over & over & over & (One Day!)
A kid's coin toss in Mall fountain *@....i=::::::::::::::::::::: (This crazy guy just goes nuts!)
Local News: 'Whatever pushed such a nice guy over the edge? We'll never know!'

Note URBNSURF built out their own Town (re: Above) & flooded Texas neighbours.
https://www.theinertia.com/surf/nland-floods-neighbours-property-shuts-d...

VJ is right it pays to know this was not URBNSURF 1st knock back in Perth...
First set of Plans were well advanced & not lousy at all.
News
https://www.perthnow.com.au/news/wa/subiaco-oval-could-be-turned-into-12...
Real Estate Promo
https://www.commercialrealestate.com.au/news/radical-plan-to-convert-per...
Ultra Lounge Studio/Sketch Gallery
https://www.mjastudio.net/subiaco-surf-park/r58rnq28nrsy6hc8w7cdkwljq0j7tr
Promo Vid (Check Taj cameo)
http://resources.watoday.com.au/video/video-news/video-wa-news/a-look-in...

Boss was rubbishing locals waves on this earlier dig...Cocky bunch this lot!

*Notice Subiaco Treatment Plant Water pipeline could go via Rail line to flood Arena.

Oddly PalmyraWales>Wavepool-all link up...so footy tip for 2nd site?
Now also knocked back.

URBNSURF are big on Footy/Sports arenas in OZ (Footy/SLSC training venue $$)
Notice near all Footy Clubs bodybash on Mon/Tues...SLSA trains Wed/Thurs/Fri
Govt Money for Footy Boofs / SLSA / Olympic Surfers / Disabled Sessions (Booked!)

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velocityjohnno commented Monday, 1 Apr 2019 at 1:18pm

A flooded Subi oval would be nicer on the cruciate ligaments methinks.

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ArtVandelay commented Monday, 1 Apr 2019 at 1:53pm

Of all the things that were never going to happen......this was never going to happen the most. Prime riverfront land in a snooty upperclass "old money" suburb. Yeah right !!
Get a chunk of land in Welshpool or some industrial precinct out near the airport and get real.

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Timmy 56 commented Tuesday, 2 Apr 2019 at 3:37pm

It's not over yet, heard on the radio they had talks with Wyatt over an alternative site, namely Burswood, ironically another old tip site.

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Kellya commented Tuesday, 2 Apr 2019 at 4:46pm

Good old Wait Awhile!

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kookfactor commented Tuesday, 2 Apr 2019 at 8:32pm

Burswood sewn up by big biz and chinese money to finance hotels,casino's and other laundering activity. Could broken gamblers look to get pitched on 4ft cylinders after lucking out. Proximity to airport could see package deals of foreigners line up for a new thrill after fleecing from 6star clip joints. Somehow the attraction to the river sites seems like co joined twins, because they can recycle the water after piss levels reach extreme and punters eyes start to sting.

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truebluebasher commented Thursday, 11 Apr 2019 at 7:51pm

Hold the Banana Boat, dab on some Zinc we got ourselves a Wavepool Rally Ma!

Perth Surf Park Supporters Rally Sun' 3pm @ N/E Tompkins Park (Off Dunkley Ave)

Please share & invite your friends...*Kidz activities *Live local music *Surf Stalls
*Give Aways include ~ Chopper Flight ~ Hotel/Dinner Package ~ Surfboard + Merch.

Don't forget BYO Board-Surfboard-Bodyboard-SUP's-Whatever your preferred craft.
Will have a great prize for that to...The more Boards the more waves we can make!
(Pet Bodybasherz must be kept on a leash)

Please don't park on the resident's Veggies (sorry! that should read) 'Verges'.

Recap:
Govt > Try buying your own land you cheap arse snobs.
URBNSURF > Perth Waves Suck.
Perth Surf Park Supporters > Our Waves Suck [URBNSURF RULEZ]
Locals: URBNSURF Wavepool would look great way down that way somewhere
Change.org: 8,000 Petition for wavepool overlooked by the only official letter against.

News Article...10th April 2019
https://thewest.com.au/politics/local-government/wave-park-backers-regro...

Perth Surf Park Supporters + Wavepool fly-thru (click)...[We want this in Perth]
https://www.facebook.com/perthsurfparksupporters/

Petition-
https://www.change.org/p/ben-wyatt-support-the-wave-park-for-perth?recru...

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truebluebasher commented Monday, 15 Apr 2019 at 11:43am

WA swellnet Soundwavepoolparty ...features 3 WA Surfpark bands.

Hot Sand
https://www.triplejunearthed.com/artist/hot-sand
Gully
https://www.triplejunearthed.com/artist/gully
King Brown
https://www.triplejunearthed.com/artist/kingbrown

tbb- Bonus Wavepool Track :
Local / Brad Fraser : "We want a Surf Park in Perth"
https://www.communitynews.com.au/melville-times/news/something-to-sing-a...

tbb bonus Wavepool poem
Local / J.P.Quinton : "URBNSURF or Riding the wave of self righteousness"
https://jpquinton.com/urbn-surf-sic-or-riding-the-wave-of-self-righteous...

tbb bonus Promo instrumental: Aloha Surfhouse (wavepool) Joondalup WA.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=texqeh0ntMU

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truebluebasher commented Friday, 21 Jun 2019 at 12:37pm

[footnote]
tbb was doing a tidy up & dug up an old school 'Joh' Whiteshoe Brigade trick.
Just so happens, Melville Council plain forgot about the Public Notice/s boards.
Seems they pulled a swifty & fast tracked the Wave Pool resulting in its demise.
Libs scribbled a pic in the Oz critters Colouring in Book...("EPA rubber stamp!")

Swan Foreshore Protection Association took their Council to court.
Court found that Council had failed to comply but URBNSURF lease was still valid...
tbb believes wrongdoing was enough for State Govt to cast doubt on council checks.

Swellnetonians are smart enough to suss an inside job...not for the 1st or last time!
https://www.squirepattonboggs.com/en/news/2018/07/court-finds-city-of-me...

Direct yer blame towards Melville Council for sinking this & any future wavepools.
State Labor merely stamped the bloody idiots on the forehead...Durr!

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truebluebasher commented Friday, 20 Sep 2019 at 11:49pm

17th Sept 2019 (The Age)
URBNSURF say company lost about $500,000 from WA Govt decision.

https://www.theage.com.au/business/small-business/u-a-church-to-surfing-...

Article mostly focuses on URBNSURF Melbourne & Sydney sites
note: Many comments are starting to focus on water waste with Wave Pools.

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Remigogo commented Saturday, 21 Sep 2019 at 12:37pm

I've played a few ends at Melville on a few occasions and I can say the morning easterly and Freo doctor just howl through that location. I wouldn't think there would be much joy most times of day.