SLIDES TAKE SHAPE: New waterslides at WetSide Water Park are nearing a Christmas completion date.
SLIDES TAKE SHAPE: New waterslides at WetSide Water Park are nearing a Christmas completion date. Blake Antrobus

Fancy a slide at WetSide? Adults will be able to join the fun

THERE is light at the end of the tunnel for the opening of WetSide's new waterslides.   

Standing at an impressive 9m tall and 70m long, the slides are expected to be finished in time for the Christmas holidays.   

The Fraser Coast Regional Council approved the slides in May with the construction originally scheduled to finish in September, however transportation delays pushed the start date back to that same month.  

Construction was further delayed throughout November due to wet weather.  

  As the opening date draws closer, the council has also revealed adults will be able to take a ride down the new waterslides.  

"The tunnels are going in and the concrete is being prepared for a small pool at the end of it (the slides)," Cr Everard said.

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"Hopefully, early in the school holidays this project will be up and running and we'll see hundreds of kids down here daily enjoying these waterslides," Councillor Darren Everard said. 

"I'm looking forward to it being completed, it will be something else for residents and visitors to use on the Fraser Coast."   While WetSide is expected to remain free of charge, a fee will be introduced for use of the slides.

Tourism councillor Stuart Taylor said the council would discuss the cost at next week's council meeting.  

"It needs to be factored into the council's fees and charges, but we'll have more detail around pricing points," Cr Taylor said.

The initial concept design for the WetSide waterslides, tabled before the Fraser Coast Regional Council in October 2016.
The initial concept design for the WetSide waterslides, tabled before the Fraser Coast Regional Council in October 2016. Contributed

Funding for the project includes a $400,000 State Government grant under the 2016-17 Local Government Grants and Subsidies program.  

Cr Taylor said the construction of the slides, combined with the nearly completed Pialba Adventure Playground and the council's master plan for the Pialba skate park, was the first sign of a new "youth precinct" forming in Pialba.  

"It's important for growth, to have a space for young kids to lay claim to," he said.  



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