Water park wait is over
GOOD boys and girls will count sheep for only one more night as they wait excitedly for the Fraser Coast’s much-talked-about water park to open.
WetSide has been given test runs by families and school children this week and tomorrow it will be launched by Premier Anna Bligh.
Wide Bay Water Corporation is anticipating one very busy day with kids having a ball under the water fountains and on the slides and BoardRider.
But there is one possible problem looming behind the scenes – chock-a-block car parks.
“There are still a few concerns that will be ongoing,” admitted WetSide manager Mark Thornton.
“For the first few weeks parking is going to be an issue. People will be frustrated.”
Mr Thornton suspects WetSide visitors will sneakily leave their cars in the caravan park which, he says, is out of WBWC’s control.
“I can see them parking on Seafront Oval,” he added.
“There are definitely issues we’re aware of. There’ll be things that pop up as we go on but we’re ready to tackle them.”
WBWC communications manager Christina Maynes is anticipating people will use the car park near the all-abilities playground built by the Fraser Coast Regional Council earlier this year.
A new car park near the WetSide café and an upgraded one near the oval toilet block are limited and have often been full during the building of the park.
But despite that possible hiccup, Mr Thornton believes his job is close to the best in Hervey Bay.
Mr Thornton has been working on the park since day one as an electrician. His new job entails supervising six casual employees, carrying out maintenance and dabbling in public relations.
“We’re expecting a big influx in December and January,” he said, before Ms Maynes said she hoped visitors did not converge on the park all at once: “We’re here for years and years. We’re not going anywhere so you can take your time.”
Ms Bligh will visit WetSide about 10am tomorrow, ahead of it being open to the public.
Take a walk on the WetSide: Turn to Fraser Lifecountdown to launch
WetSide will be launched by Premier Anna Bligh tomorrow at 10am
Entry into WetSide is free however people will be charged to use the BoardRider. A ticket price is yet to be revealed
Building of WetSide started in April
Wide Bay Water Corporation has committed to planting 5200 trees across Hervey Bay after removing 52 during building
The water at WetSide is recycled from the Pialba stormwater system
There is a 500,000-litre water tank under the Seafront Oval car park and a 200,000-litre tank under the main play area recycling, cleaning and chlorinating the water
WetSide cost about $13 million to build; the State Government contributed $5 million