Water Park still making waves among Urangan residents

OPPOSITION to a proposed $28 million Urangan water park is getting louder despite the public notification period closing earlier this week.

The Splash Bay Waterpark, intended for the old Anchorage Caravan Park site, was again a contentious topic in council chambers yesterday, when numerous people, including Butchulla representatives, spoke against developing the site.

Their comments follow a community meeting on Sunday in which about 30 people gathered in Urangan's Fisherman's Park to discuss potential impacts of Splash Bay.

Tony Murray, whose property adjoins the site, claimed residents would lose confidence in the council if it approved the water park.

"The real principle in this, I believe, is the integrity of the council planning process," he said.

"Of course, everybody welcomes a water park development but they also place high value on the predictability of the council planning scheme.

"If you can't look at the planning scheme - the official documentation of what the council plans - and have confidence the integrity of that scheme will be maintained, it's a very sad day for residents in Hervey Bay."

Splash Bay Waterpark would feature 11 rides and a capacity to host an estimated 300,000 people each year.

Topics:  hervey bay splash bay urangan water park

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