ENVIRONMENTALISTS were planning a silent protest outside the proposed Alfred Cove wave park on Canning Highway yesterday morning (Friday September 28) to coincide with World Rivers Day.
The Swan Estuary Reserves Action Group has campaigned hard against UrbnSurf Perth’s planned wave park, saying it could potentially impact on the cove’s diverse wildlife, including migratory birds.
UrbnSurf claims that’s untrue, and has EPA backing to build the park without any further environmental assessment.
SERAG says despite the EPA’s stance, part of the wave park will be on a ribbon of Crown land beside the river which had previously been identified as needing conservation as a wildlife corridor and buffer for the river.
“Already under enormous urban pressure, additional disturbance inevitably caused by the proposed wave park will jeopardise these fragile jewels of our much-loved Swan River,” says SERAG secretary Catherine O’Neill.
“On the eve of World Rivers Day it is therefore fitting that people will gather to once again voice deeply-held objections to a planned massive wave park complex on the shores of Alfred Cove – a place of outstanding natural heritage value and beauty,” Ms O’Neill said.
Meanwhile UrbnSurf says it’s on-track to test the first waves at its Melbourne wave park by the end of the year and last week started casting around for a Perth-based project manager to help design and deliver its projects around the country.
by STEVE GRANT