Lansvale's Floyd Bay to become water-ski training ground

FLOYD Bay in Lansvale will soon become a water-ski training ground after Fairfield Council unanimously approved an application to establish a slalom ski course at the site.

The application, lodged by the Sydney Water Ski Club, was approved last week for a trial period of 18 months.

The approved hours of operation will be 7am-6pm Monday to Friday and 8am-6pm Saturday and Sunday.

The club's acting president Geoff Beare said he was thrilled.

"It was a great result after 18 months worth of work," he said.

"A training facility in the heart of Sydney is fantastic. We have a membership base that spans all levels of age and ability — from those just starting out through to those competing at state, national and international levels."

He said the type of water-skiing his club did required a quiet waterway for training, which is why Floyd Bay was perfect.

"Floyd Bay is unique as it provides smooth conditions, regardless of the wind direction, which is important for the three disciplines we train in, being slalom, jump and trick," Mr Beare said.

"We are currently training at two sites in Newcastle and in the Cooks River so having this new site will benefit our members especially because a lot of them live in the area."

But not everyone was happy — in particular residents living nearby.

The council received four written submissions from residents who were concerned about likely noise.

But Mr Beare said there would be no noise problem because the boats his club used were quiet.

"The maximum speed of our boats is 58km/h and the speed is regulated by a GPS system," he said.

"We are not in the business of racing these boats and suppression of noise is an important feature."

He also said he was keen on working with residents and would help allay any concerns about noise.

Pictures: Jeff de Pasquale

Pictures: Jeff de Pasquale

Pictures: Jeff de Pasquale

Pictures: Jeff de Pasquale


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