Hooray! Residents chuffed by waterpark news
UPDATE: Coast residents have been left pretty chuffed with the news a $90M water theme park could be on the way very soon.
Since sharing the story earlier today, more than 800 people have expressed their excitement at the thought of a theme park closer to home.
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AN international entertainment company is proposing a massive $90 million water theme park on a 24-hectare site on Steve Irwin Way, near the Mooloolah BP service station.
The development company, Waterplay Pty Ltd, which also owns huge water parks in Malaysia, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates, has already lodged preliminary documentation with Sunshine Coast Council.
Sunshine Park, as the project is tentatively named, is expected to create 430 jobs during construction and then 250 ongoing positions.
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The economic benefit during construction and operations has been estimated at over $50 million.
The park proposal includes a large wave pool and other water-themed attractions like swimming, waterslides and canoeing, as well as bushwalking, pony rides and adventure games.
The attraction will also include a hotel and holiday cabins as well as a function centre, restaurants and retail outlets.
Project spokesman David Baird said the location had been selected "after several years of evaluating potential Australian sites".
He said the company "was looking forward to realising the development, pending the appropriate zoning and planning approvals". It is expected the site would require a zoning change from rural to tourism.
The site is just kilometres away from other tourism attractions Aussie World and Ettamogah Pub to the east on the Bruce Highway and close to the Big Kart Track and Australia Zoo on Steve Irwin Way.
The State Government is also planning a 53ha motocross and BMX park at Mooloolah, on a site surrounding the new water theme park location.
"The Sunshine Coast is well established as one of Australia's most popular destinations for both domestic and international visitors," Mr Baird said.
"The site is perfectly positioned on a well-established tourism route near (other) commercial operations ..."
The location is currently used for machinery storage and vehicle parking.
"Although it is a bit of an eyesore at present due to its heavily denuded state, we are planning major environmental rehabilitation, revegetation and landscaping as part of our project," Mr Baird said.
"The development will also have several environmentally sustainable features such as advanced water capture, filter and treatment systems for the water park; waste recycling and energy efficient buildings."
It's expected the proposed development would be delivered in two stages over three years, with the water and surf pool built first, followed by the tourism accommodation and other facilities.
"All things going well, our team hopes to begin work next year and have the first Sunshine Park guests splashing, surfing and sliding on what will be Australia's latest water park during 2016," Mr Baird said.