SFPA originally focussed on the commercial wave park proposed to be built on public open space at Tompkins Park. Our concerns are not with the concept of a wave park but with the proposed location being 4.2 hectares of public open space on the banks of the Swan River next to the Swan Estuary Marine Park. The foreshore should remain as a public open space, with free access to all people instead of being used by local councils for revenue raising.
The wave park will irreversibly damage the surrounding environment on the foreshore, such as the bushland and marine reserves. The Swan River foreshore is a priceless asset that we strongly believe should not be developed into something inaccessible to the general public. We also have many concerns regarding the way in which the council agreed to enter into this long-term lease of public space to commercial interests.
We continue to be very active in our opposition to the wave park with a clear action strategy. We continue to believe that, with the widespread support from the community, we will ultimately be successful in ensuring that valuable public open space remains as public open space and a community asset which may be accessed by everyone without having to pay a fee.
The Swan Foreshore Protection Association is a group of residents and ratepayers in the City of Melville who share concerns about the lack of good governance, combined with an indifference to the views of ratepayers, in the City of Melville resulting in decisions being made that are adversely impacting our community and its environment.
SFPA management committee and members are an unpaid group of enthusiastic individuals who recognise that complaining is not enough – we need action to achieve a change of approach and a change of culture in our City of Melville.
SFPA is registered as a charity with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission. ABN: 11588982120 IARN: A1023100Y