WET’N’WONDERFUL: Yeppoon could soon boast a wave pool similar to Darwin’s Water Lagoon, as part of the foreshore redevelopment.
WET’N’WONDERFUL: Yeppoon could soon boast a wave pool similar to Darwin’s Water Lagoon, as part of the foreshore redevelopment. CAROLINE BERDON

POLL: What do you think of Livingstone's $5m wave pool idea?

LIVINGSTONE Mayor Bill Ludwig is hoping a $5 million wave pool will be the wow factor for Yeppoon's foreshore redevelopment.

With plans in the pipeline for the Yeppoon foreshore to feature a lagoon, an amphitheatre and a wet play area just to name a few exciting attractions, Cr Ludwig revealed council was also exploring options for a wave pool similar to Darwin's Water Lagoon.

What do you think of Livingstone's proposed $5 million wave pool?

This poll ended on 27 July 2015.

Current Results

I love it!

53%

It should be a lagoon people can swim in, not a wave pool

22%

I don't think it is what Yeppoon needs

24%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.

Cr Ludwig said the idea for the wave pool came from members of the community.

"It's something that people had spoken to us about and brought to our attention because it provides some other action activities for the teenagers and families," Cr Ludwig said.

"We had to wait and see how much funding we'd receive from the government but we're confident that in these stages, given the amount of state money we've been given, we can incorporate the wave pool.

"The estimates to build it are $5 million; that's to get it built and installed with all filtration. We're also looking to have it designed with some specialised features because we want that real wow factor.

"Darwin's wave pool is certainly very popular with families and we've also been looking at ideas from Wet'n'Wild too but we're looking at a cost-effective design that is iconic to the region."

Cr Ludwig said the wave pool would be located on old hospital land adjacent to the skate park.

"At the moment we haven't placed all of the elements in certain places but we're starting to get an idea of where everything can go," Cr Ludwig said.

"I know that we'll be relocating the existing road that leads to council chambers and putting it behind the section where the wave pool was expected to be located.

"We've got a way to go until we see the final designs but for now we're putting together cost factors to hopefully secure $10 million of federal money and if we're successful, we'll be able to deliver a project that will be as exciting and dynamic, if not more, than facilities in places like Townsville, Cairns and Airlie Beach that the whole region can enjoy."

Cr Ludwig said the new play feature and amphitheatre would be in the cutting ribbon stage before Christmas.

FORESHORE FEATURES:

Kiosk

Water play area including wave pool and lagoon.

Mini golf course.

Amphitheatre.

Multi-level car park.

Carwash.



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