THE new Aqua Adventure Playground at WetSide in Hervey Bay is expected to be operational by mid-year, weather permitting.
The feature was chosen to replace the WaveRider, which had reached the end of its serviceable life.
Playscape Creations was awarded the $1.3-million contract by the Fraser Coast Regional Council to install the playground.
It’s being funded through the Federal Government’s Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Program.
Federal Member for Hinkler Keith Pitt said the playground would add a new dimension to recreation in Hervey Bay – boosting the city’s liveability and supporting local businesses.
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“Fraser Coast Regional Council has received $9.7-million from the first three phases of this program which ensures projects get underway as soon as possible to provide an economic benefit to the community,” Mr Pitt said.
The course is made up of nine linked challenges that test strength, agility, co-ordination and stamina.
Water jets, cannons and dumpers are activated as participants move through the course.
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To boost the stakes, participants are timed, and spectators can also activate water jets, sprays and canons to hose down participants.
Fraser Coast Division 9 Councillor David Lee said the Aqua Adventure Playground would enhance the popularity of WetSide and expand the range of people who use the facility.
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“It fits in well with the other facilities near Seafront Oval – the Adventure Playground, the All-Abilities Playground and the skate park,” Cr Lee said.