Bibra Lake Bungee Tower
We all had full confidence that walking up the bungee tower wasn't going to be a problem, as long as we just focused on our breathing.
Um yeah... we were all puffing like a Billy by the time we got to the top, ready to collapse. Myself, being the only non-smoker, albeit not without respiratory and asthma dramas.
Whilst the view was incredible, it was clear the floorboards were severely decaying, particularly due to a lack of maintenance of the past 13 or so years. We were very cautious about stepping on the wooden boards that weren't immediately supported by thick metal beams underneath, although this wasn't always obvious. I could imagine that before long, someone would surely fall through to their death, notwithstanding the legalities of entering a place as such. It was a worry, of course.
The boys decided not to stay long. Although they'd just wanted to come up and watch the sunset, nobody could really feel safe up here, particularly with the light fading away... slowly but surely.
One of the boys had told us that with 4G installations and the like, the radiation feels like warmth emitting from your body and that you couldn't stay too long. I can't remember the time limit he'd been told but we all definitely felt the warmth and it wasn't just from our hearts beating our blood flow at an incredible pace.
DUE TO THE ROTTING FLOORBOARDS AT THE TOP,
THIS TOWER IS NO LONGER SAFE.
WE THEREFORE DO NOT RECOMMEND YOU ATTEMPT TO CLIMB IT!
Bungee West, located next door to Adventure World in Bibra Lake, was the only bungee jumping place in Perth. Council approval was given on 05 February 1992 and despite their website stating they'd been operating since November 1992, their business name was registered on 30 December in the same year and cancelled on 04 February 2008.
By the summer of 1993, more than 2,600 jumps had been made. Except for a couple of days per week during the winter season, Christmas Day, New Year's Day and Good Friday and unless there was a forecast of bad weather, they were open every day.
All Jumpmasters (staff facilitating the jumps) had undergone a minimum 12 month on-site training course and all had an excellent knowledge of the safety systems being used. Jumpmasters were also being sent to other bungee jumping sites around the world to improve the quality of their training, including locations in Cairns, New Zealand, Nepal and Cyprus.
The minimum age to jump was 13 years and for those aged between 13-15, a parent or guardian were required to attend to sign the waiver. For those who liked to abseil, $30 could get you a few descents off the 40 metre bungee tower.
Interestingly, Bungee West had a registered NCAGE Code (Z6B14) "for doing business with international governments".
These days, the big T-shaped yellow structure remains abandoned, in a state of continuing degradation.
In December 2014, Laser Corps made an application to the City of Cockburn to use the land comprising of the bungee tower and its remains (p.55) for their laser tag skirmish games.
Created in 1982 by George Cart III, the invention of laser tag system technology led to movies such as Star Wars and Star Trek. Using parallel infra-red beams of light, laser tag systems, "involves shooting guns with encoded infrared beams and IR sensors that normally receive the light and signal the process, "registering when you are hit by a beam.
The council granted their application, which was zoned as Private Recreation and requested that they obtained written consent from Adventure World to share the main carpark, which was owned by the council (p.49). Limitations for the maximum amount of patrons at any one time was set to 36 with a maximum of 100 per day.
The neighbouring Perth Waldorf School raised an objection to the application being heard. They considered the, "proposed use has connotations of violence and non-peaceful ways of conflict resolution, which are inconsistent with the school's core values" (p.56). Although they had erected screening along their common boundary, to enable the school to continue as normal whilst protecting students from witness such violence, they requested Laser Corps shared at least half the screening costs.
Waldolf education is a form of education based on the philosophy of Rudolf Steiner, which aims to create a formal educational, therapeutic and creative system using natural means to optimise physical, mental health and well-being of their students.
Naturally rumours abound on the internet, specifically in forums, as to why Bungee West suddenly closed. One commenter on Reddit stated that the Jumpmaster was drunk and didn't secure the rope or harness properly before a patron fell to his death. Whilst it sounds like the typical story one might hear on why such a place would close, this particular story sounds familiar and I could have sworn I saw a newspaper article published on it between 2008-2010 but haven't managed to find it again.
Others tend to comment on the maintenance costs of the tower, as well as increasing insurance costs, although the latter in particular, certainly sounding probable.