Member for Coffs Harbour, Andrew Fraser, has welcomed the arrival of the components for two of the waterslides to be erected at the Big Banana waterpark.
“Ever since the closure of the AquaJet in 2005 the Coffs Harbour community has been eagerly awaiting the re-establishment of a waterslide.
“The Big Banana received $500,000 in funding through the Regional Visitor Economy Fund earlier this year and it is pleasing to see that the project components are being now being delivered.
“Regional tourism makes a significant contribution to local economies across the State and funding is at a record high under the NSW Coalition Government,” Mr Fraser added.
“I believe this addition to the Big Banana complex will be a great tourist attraction for the Coffs Harbour electorate in fact it will be more than just a waterslide, it will be a waterpark, which will rival other waterparks around Australia.
“I would like to congratulate the owners and operators of the Big Banana on their foresight in creating the waterpark at the complex,” Mr Fraser concluded.
Daniel Leaver from Swimplex Aquatics said this has been a very rewarding project and it is nice to see the return of a waterslide in our home town.
“This is not your usual regional waterslide package either, this is theme park territory. The Big Banana Water Park will rival the likes of Wet & Wild and Dreamworld and we are proud to be delivering this project as Coffs Harbour locals,” Mr Leaver said.
“Beginning this week the first of twelve shipping containers from our partner in Europe, Polin Waterparks, will arrive on-site and we can now all see the light at the end of the tunnel thanks in no small part to local legends like Liam and Arren Walker from Coffs Coast Concreting and Landscaping and Josh Stokes from Coffs Coast Demolitions who have dealt with a really difficult site and overcome every obstacle in their paths.
“We can’t wait to share this great new waterpark with the people of Coffs Harbour and the busloads of tourists that it will bring to our great town,” Mr Leaver concluded.
The Big Banana General Manager, Michael Lockman said “This project has been our vision for many years now and it’s very exciting to see the first shipment of equipment arrive, which marks the start of the installation”.
The project includes 4 fibreglass thrill slides off of a 14m platform and a kids Aqua Play area complete with Tipping Bucket, water play toys, interactive water jet zone and 4 kids slides.