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Coast theme park planning addition of 16 waterslides and more as part of expansion

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The Sunshine Coast could soon be home to a new waterpark, with Aussie World submitting a proposal to build a $60 million facility at the Palmview attraction.

The concept design features 16 waterslides for all ages, leisure pools, action pools and numerous waterplay areas.

The new area would also include several food and beverage outlets, a pool bar, sun lounges, cabanas and a souvenir shop.

In a media release, Aussie World said a development application was submitted to Sunshine Coast Council this week to build the waterpark on privately owned land to the north of the existing theme park.

If approved, it would become the Coast’s largest waterpark, rivalling other similar attractions in South-East Queensland, and contribute significantly to the local economy, drawing an estimated 780,000 annual visitors by 2031.

“We are continuing to find new attractions that will create an iconic, must-visit experience at the Aussie World Entertainment Complex, which will be sought after by tourists,” Aussie World general manager Jenny Howell said.

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“As the largest sustainable and accessible waterpark on the Sunshine Coast, and with its close proximity to Aussie World, this project will be hugely popular and something that locals can be proud of.

“There will be a two-day pass offer to significantly increase the appeal of the Sunshine Coast to overnight visitors and it will contribute a significant injection to the region’s overnight visitor spend.

“The waterpark will continue to strengthen the Sunshine Coast’s reputation as the tourism capital of Queensland for families and young adults, adding to the already exceptional line-up of tourist attractions across the region.”

Teenagers at Aussie World.

The project would inject up to $39 million into the local economy through building works and the supply of building materials and services to support the three-year construction period.

It is estimated the waterpark could generate $15.2 million to $30 million towards the local tourism economy.

The concept design submitted to the council also includes a proposal to expand the existing car park to ensure free-flow traffic.

It will create employment for 193 full-time staff during the peak season and 87 full-time staff during non-peak periods.

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