Surf Park Proposed For Docklands Central Pier


Melbourne dwellers may soon be able to enjoy an afternoon surf, with a surf park proposed for Melbourne’s Docklands Central Pier.

According to

ABC News, the Melbourne government is yet to approve the proposal; however, there is word that they think that the concept is an interesting idea, so long as private funding is provided.

Engineering firm

Arup is taking lead on the proposal, after being approached by an architectural firm.

Architect Damian Rogers, who started working on the idea five months ago, has said he thinks it will be a great tourist attraction for Melbourne.

"Just to be able to hear the waves breaking and go for a surf - even if you're not a surfer, to be able to sit there and watch it," Mr Rogers said.

Surfing Victoria chief executive officer Max Wells says it will suit all surfing levels with the waves being controlled.

"The concepts that I've been shown show that they can dial the wave up head height which is something that an advanced or intermediate surfer can surf," Mr Wells said.

"Then [they can] dial it down for the average Joe Blow like myself and then dial it down a bit further, so they can do learn to surf."The wave pool will cost an approximate $8 million, will be heated all year and use filtered salt water from the harbour.

ABC News said that no decision had been made by the Melbourne Government, but they released a statement about the proposal.

"The City of Melbourne has not committed any support for this project and has only been approached informally to be advised of this private sector initiative," the statement said.

"Our feedback to Arup was that it was an interesting concept, if private funding were available for the infrastructure."Image Source: ABC News

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