Deputy Mayor Trevor McDonald, Mayor Gerard O'Connell and chief executive Lisa Desmond at the council meeting which approved the Splash Bay development.
Deputy Mayor Trevor McDonald, Mayor Gerard O'Connell and chief executive Lisa Desmond at the council meeting which approved the Splash Bay development. Megan Pope

Vote in favour of water park but 102 conditions imposed

COUNCIL'S 10-1 vote to approve a $28 million water park has capped off more than $100 million worth of developments given the go-ahead in the past three weeks.

Deputy Mayor Trevor McDonald was the lone voice against the Splash Bay development yesterday, telling an overflowing public gallery he was concerned with the approval being subject to 102 conditions.

"I can't think of another application that has been handled this way," Cr McDonald said.

"Is there a reason this application has not been given a preliminary approval?"

Division 10 Cr George Seymour agreed the location was not ideal but said his concerns were addressed in the conditions planning officers imposed, which aim to minimise impacts to traffic, noise and environment.

Splash Bay's developers Charles Richardson and Ian Buckeridge, who are also the force behind the stalled Wyndham project, said they held no concerns about meeting the guidelines.

Mr Richardson said construction was planned to begin early next year with the hope of having the theme park operational before the end of the year.

In the past three weeks, five major projects with a collective estimated value of more than $100 million have all received council approval.

Those developments include the $40-60 million Rosewood Eco Resort, two new shopping centres - one of which is worth $25 million - a six-storey Esplanade resort with 80 units, and now Splash Bay.

Fraser Coast Mayor Gerard O'Connell said he believed the projects were an indication investor confidence was returning to the region.

"I think it is (an indication), I think its two things," Cr O'Connell said.

He said there was an "obvious feel" of confidence in the region, people were interested in the region and council was keen to facilitate investment.

Some of the conditions

  • Hours of operation 10am-5pm
  • Fraser Coast Regional Council CEO can approve night operation for one-off special events
  • Must use colours in the development that are sympathetic to the surrounding environment and avoid excessive brightness, contrast, colour intensity and reflectivity
  • All waste collection vehicles servicing the site must be fitted with and use reversing cameras
  • All damage to council infrastructure (including pavement damage) as a result of development works are to be rectified to the satisfaction of council prior to the issuing of the certificate of practical completion or approval of the plan of survey
  • At the operational stage, noise from the activity must not exceed 55db from nearest sensitive receptor (resident)
  • A 1.8m high acoustic barrier is required for noise from the carpark on the south-west boundary of Pulgul St
  • A 2.0m high acoustic barrier within the water park adjoining property boundary of 652-654 Esplanade
  • Rides must be 9m from boundary adjoining 98 Pulgul St
  • Rides must be 15m from boundary adjoining 650-652-654 Esplanade
  • Rides must be 6m from Boat Harbour Dr and Esplanade frontages
  • All power generation devices are to be positioned and housed (including noise attenuation material) so as to mitigate noise nuisance to adjoining and nearby residents


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