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Hervey Bay's getting over 300m of slippn', slidin' fun

AT LEAST once in our life most of us have laid down the plastic, mixed the bubbles with water and then spent the afternoon sliding on our bellies.

But a bigger version of the much-loved slip and slide is coming to Hervey Bay later this year.

O'Shea's Slide City Australia is close to finalising a deal with Councillor Darren Everard and the Fraser Coast Regional Council to bring a 315m slip and slide to Hervey Bay.

The concept of laying hundreds of metres of plastic and throwing kids and adults down it is big in the United States and growing within Australia.

With 30 years in the rides game, Brian O'Shea said he was very close.

"It's going to happen, put it that way," he said.

"The popularity is so brilliant because it is so simple."

And Mr O'Shea said it wouldn't cost the council anything to bring the event to the town.

"We supply everything free of charge to the town," he said.

"And we give 10% of the gross ticket sales back to the community."

"We will work with the council and businesses to bring stalls along - have a market around the slide."

"If you don't involve the community they think all the money is leaving town and that's not what it's about."

Cr Everard has been working with Mr O'Shea to bring the event to the Fraser Coast.

He didn't want to divulge on the location of the slide, but Cr Everard promised public safety would be the number one issue.

"I'm up for a bit of fun but we have to be mindful of parking and facilities - you can't go and set it up anywhere," he said.

Mr O'Shea distanced his company from another slip and slide operator posting about Hervey Bay on Facebook.

Topics:  hervey bay, kids activities, tourism




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