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Its wetside!

IT’S not often you hear a grown man tell people to wet themselves.

But that is exactly what Wide Bay Water Corporation CEO Tim Waldron did yesterday.

It was all in the name of fun as he announced that Hervey Bay’s new water park will be named “WetSide – Water Education Park.

“The amount of debate and arguments from the professionals that went into this was enormous,” Mr Waldron admitted at a morning tea at Hervey Bay RSL.

But it fits into the branding of the entire park which will open on December 6.

The wave pool has been called FlipSide BoardRider and the zero-depth children’s play area TotSide. They will match the education displays along the boardwalk, CleanSide and H2OSide the first two to open, followed by PipeSide and PreSide to open six months later.

“The water park is there for fun, that’s the number one reason people will go to it,” said Mr Waldron. “It will be a big star attraction for the city, no doubt about it.”

Mr Waldron understood fun would draw people to the park on Pialba’s foreshore but said what visitors will get out of it will be much more.

“Around the water park there will be hundreds, if not thousands in the end, of messages.

“Nobody will leave the water park without learning something.”

Mr Waldron explained Wide Bay Water would harvest rain water from Pialba and channel it into storage tanks underneath the park. It would then shoot through 310 jets forming a spiral in the main play area, as well as through spouts on the play equipment, in the TotSide area and at the FlipSide BoardRider.

The launch also revealed Queensland Premier Anna Bligh will be opening the park which Mr Waldron hailed as one of a kind.

“This is something the Fraser Coast is doing that’s a first; where people can go and have fun and learn something as well.

“You can’t walk on any bit of the boardwalk and not learn something.

“Believe you me the parents will get questioned like hell from their kids.”

The main wooden platform will be able to be used for weddings and business functions, while there will also be a water screen displaying various images and at night the water jets will be illuminated and timed with music. Add all of that to a cafe which has been privately leased but to whom is yet to be revealed.

The total cost of the park has been put at $13 million however Mr Waldron said there would be ongoing costs with the State Government contributing $5 million of that amount.

Work on WetSide started in March.

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