State Government announces Aventuur as preferred developer of WA’s first surf park in Jandakot
The West Australian | 12 September, 2021
WA’s first surf park is looking more like a shore thing.
A 5.7ha site on Prinsep Road in Jandakot has already been earmarked for the project, which is anticipated to create an estimated 200 jobs during planning and construction, and employ more than 100 people when it opens its doors.
And now Minister for Transport and Planning Rita Saffioti has announced who the The global surf park business, said it would use cutting-edge “wavegarden cove” technology to deliver WA’s first surf park.
It will include Australia’s largest and most advanced surfing lagoon, a 100-room boutique hotel, co-working and creative office space, functions, conferencing and event spaces, a surf coaching academy as well as a beach club, bars and restaurants.
The proposal will now progress to the next stage of negotiations, with any future development subject to relevant planning and building approvals.
We are now a step closer to making it a reality.
“We are now a step closer to making it a reality,” Ms Saffioti said. “We have worked hard to create this amazing opportunity. This project will encourage people into the area, creating a new unique WA tourism destination while supporting local jobs.”
A wave park was earmarked for the riverside suburb of Melville two years ago, but was canned after then lands minister Ben Wyatt announced that a proposal to use a portion of crown land for the project had been rejected.
Back then the proponent was Urbnsurf, which has built and runs a wave park in Melbourne. Former Urbnsurf founder and chairman, Perth-based Andrew Ross, has now joined Aventuur as its chairman and is building the Jandakot surf park.
“We’re incredibly excited to have won the bid to build a world-class surf park in Perth,” Mr Ross said.
“To bring a surf park to my hometown has always been my dream, and I’m stoked it’s now becoming a reality. Surfing is a deeply ingrained part of Perth’s beachside culture, but access to consistent, high-quality waves is limited, and marine hazards. Our surf park proposal will overcome these challenges.”
Lands, Sport and Recreation Minister Tony Buti said the unique surfing experience would attract people from far and wide.
“Surfing continues to evolve, and like many Australians, I was thrilled to see it feature as an Olympic sport for the first time at the Tokyo Games,” he said.
“It’s my hope that a facility like this will help nurture young surfers in WA and allow the huge talent pool of local surfers to hone their skills — even when the beach is flat.”
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