WetSide Waterpark upgrades underway

HERVEY BAY’s popular waterpark on the Esplanade is being given a facelift to maintain its high-profile status.

Children cool down at Hervey Bay’s popular WetSide Waterpark. Decking at the facility will be replaced in the coming months. PHOTO: Shaun Ryan / @frasercoastmissions.

The existing timber decking at the facility has reached the end of its working life and needs replacing.

Fraser Coast Division 5 Councillor Jade Wellings said WetSide was loved by locals and visitors and it was “important to ensure it was well-maintained.”

The seaside water park is now 11-years-old.

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About 932 square metres of timber decking will be replaced with a wood plastic composite product made from 40 per cent timber by-product and recycled plastic.

“The new decking is more resistant to water damage, so it has a longer working life and needs less ongoing maintenance,” Cr Wellings said.

“The work is scheduled to be completed in June, weather permitting, and will be staged to minimise disruptions to people using the facility.

The $820,000 project at WetSide is being funded with the support of a $700,000 COVID Works for Queensland grant from the Queensland Government.

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Member for Hervey Bay, Adrian Tantari welcomed the upgrades as part of the government’s ongoing plan for economic recovery.

“The project is helping to drive Queensland’s economic recovery, with local jobs being supported throughout the construction phase.

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“Once completed, the improved Esplanade will provide a boost for locals and tourists and create jobs.”

Upgrades at WetSide come as decking along the Scarness and Torquay jetties will be replaced. Sections of the mighty Urangan Pier will also receive attention.

WetSide is regarded as the best Water and Amusement Park in Australia by online travel portal, Tripadvisor.

For more information on the projects and how they are being funded, click here.

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