MORE Melburnians will be able to start the day with a spot of urban surfing as soon as 2024, under a revised plan for a state-of-the art water park in the city's southeast. The proposed biggest indoor-outdoor venue of its kind in the southern hemisphere has been bolstered by new technology that generates waves up to 1.8m every 10 seconds in a beach-style pool. It would be the second such venue in Melbourne, after the recently opened Urbnsurf in Tullamarine. The tweak to the plans comes as the wealthy Pellicano family's $100m SurfnPlay Aqua Park moves closer to reality, with just Kingston City Council to sign off on it after recent green lights from VicRoads and Melbourne Water.
If approved, the 4ha Dingley Village development will have 1.82ha of indoor pools and recreation, as well as about 1.3ha outside - including the new "beach".
Thrill-seekers will also be able to hang 10 on an indoor flowrider wave with room for four surfers at once, water-jet powered slides that propel visitors uphill and video game-like tunnel rides where kids can try for high scores. The initial proposal was revealed by the Herald Sun in March, 2019, and after addressing a range of requests from government and environmental agencies the only hurdles remaining are council approval and public consultation. Pellicano managing director for Nando Pellicano said revised plans had also boosted landscaping by 25 percent and doubled the size of a rooftop solar farm to 5500sq m. Mr Pellicano said his firm intended to start construction within 12 months of approval and have visitors making a splash two years later. "Our business model is very much on local Melburians”, Mr Pellicano said. "Keen surfers can go before and after work. And we will work with with local schools to teach kids to surf with no sharks or undercurrents.” The waterpark is also expected to play a part in the city's recovery from COVID-19, with construction to generate about 500 jobs including those putting together the attractions once the materials are shipped in from WhiteWater West in Canada. In the long term the waterpark expected to create 480 full time jobs, and another 700 indirectly.
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