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New wave in water fun

Herald Sun Tuesday March 5 2019

Park floats plan for cutting-edge entertainment.

A MASSIVE new water park that will “set a new bar for Australia and the southern hemisphere” is set to make a splash in Melbourne’s south east.

In an Australian first, kids will compete for high scores in video game-like water tunnels, glide uphill in specialty designed water slides with extra water jets, and be launched from towers on zip lines. Up to four surfers at a time will drop in on a wave machine seven times the size of one set up at the Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre a few years ago, and a 423m “lazy river” will float those who’ve had enough adrenaline for the day beneath a giant freshwater aquarium. Retractable glass walls and bulk heads will seal off the park’s outdoor features for the winter months.

The $100 million project to be named Zagame’s Wild Water Park, spans 18,200sq m inside and 20,000sq m outside and would be built in Dingley Village, about 22km south east of Melbourne’s CBD. It will create 1184 ongoing full-time jobs in the region, with the park itself potentially bringing in up to 600 staff. An application to build the water park will be lodged with authorities today by Melbourne’s Zagame and Pellicano families. They have been planning the immense water park for seven years, bringing in award winning architects Peddle Thorpe, who designed the Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre and Melbourne Aquarium.

Once approved, a two-year construction process could have the water park – to be built, on a plot the Pellicano family has owned for 30 years – ready for Summer 2021.

Pellicano Boss Nando Pellicano is hoping the cutting edge park will lure tourists from the Gold Coast. “We are hoping to make a very big splash,” Mr Pellicano said. The Zagame family’s 60 years of hospitality experience in Melbourne will also play a part. “You will want to go here for the food as much as the fun on the rides,” said Robert Zagame. “We will even have our own vegetable gardens on site.”

World-leading Canadian water park specialist White Water West will work in conjunction on the project to implement new technology never been seen in the southern hemisphere. “It will set a new bar for water parks in Australia and the southern hemisphere,” said the firm’s Australian boss James Corbett. “There will be lots of firsts, but we don’t want to give away too much.”

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