Sitting at ten metres high, the $1.3 million colourful and twisting slides are thanks to the State Government’s Works for Queensland package and will be completed in November this year by Simplex Aquatics.
Rockhampton Region Mayor Margaret Strelow said this project is just one of the many small but significant lifestyle improvements that are being made across the Region as a result of the State’s funding support.
“Council is extremely grateful and excited by the State’s Works for Queensland package that has really enabled us to deliver projects that add value to our community facilities, and we know for certain that the waterslides will do just that,” Mayor Strelow said.
Following Council’s recent upgrades to the facility earlier this year, Committee Chair for Parks and Recreation Councillor Cherie Rutherford said the slides will offer an adventurous element for teenagers and the young at heart.
“We particularly wanted to address the needs of our teenagers and young adults by offering a more thrill-seeking option in our recreational parks,” Cr Rutherford said.
“The previous slides were extremely popular, but over time wear and tear took hold, so we were absolutely thrilled to be bringing them back, to not only give the young kids but also the older kids a place to really enjoy themselves with their friends.”
Member for Keppel Brittany Lauga said the entire community would benefit from the Works for Queensland program designed to not only create jobs, but improve the livability of communities.
“The State Government’s Works for Queensland program has allocated $9.38million towards a total of six projects across the Rockhampton Region including another waterpark at Cedric Archer Park, so we’re really helping to create lively, recreational spaces as well as support the local job market with a much-needed boost.”
Member for Rockhampton Bill Byrne said the State Government’s contribution helped bring the complex back to its former glory.
“We announced funding for the Works for Queensland program earlier this year and earmarked projects that would really add to the community’s social and sporting pursuits,” Mr Byrne said.
“This complex is perfectly located with close proximity to schools and community infrastructure, so it’s the kind of support we want to give back to the community to help provide fun and contemporary facilities for people to enjoy everyday.”
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