A cable waterski park, the only one in WA, looks set to be built in Baldivis after the City of Rockingham unanimously approved the proposal at a council meeting last night.
City officials had endorsed the planning application for the park to be constructed on 11.6ha at the intersection of St Albans and Mundijong roads.
Spearheaded by wakeboard enthusiasts, brothers Simon and Ben Hurrey, Perth Wake Park will feature three man-made lakes for cable skiing and wakeboarding where participants are towed by an overhead cable, instead of a boat.
According to the plan, there will be a main 340m by 120m lake as well as a 90m by 30m lake for beginners, and 110m by 30m lake for professionals.
The park would operate 10am-7pm, seven days a week over the summer months with reduced hours in winter. Simon Hurrey estimated the park would be open by early 2014.
Mr Hurrey said the Perth wake boarders had been calling out for a facility like this since the closure of the Spearwood cable-ski park about 10 years ago.
He said he and his brother had been working to find a suitable location for four years now.
"We're obviously ecstatic with the outcome-it is a facility that is desperately needed in Perth," he said. "As wake boarders ourselves we hope to develop the park with inside knowledge into what people in the sport want."
The proposed cable park would be located near the existing Bonney's Water Ski Park. Bonney's chief executive Noel Bonney said he supported the plan. Mr Bonney said his facility offered traditional waterskiing where participants were towed by a boat and the cable park would help to introduce a new generation to the sport.
"Cable ski parks allow people who don't have a boat to get into the sport and allow them to train up their skills," he said.
"We definitely see the proposed park as something that will promote the sport of waterskiing and having it in the same area means we become a centre for the sport."Along with some of the other facilities in the area such as paintballing, I think it will raise the profile of the area as a tourist and adventure destination."
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