New wet play area making a splash

Published on 27 July 2017

Proposed Wet Play design

An exciting new wet play area designed for small children and people with mobility issues has been approved for the Queanbeyan Aquatic Centre. Now, residents can have their say on which design will be used.

At last night’s Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council meeting in Bungendore, the tender for the project was awarded to Swimplex Aquatics Pty Ltd, who have completed projects for Wet’n’Wild Sydney, the Australian Institute of Sport, various Big 4 Holiday Parks and a number of Councils throughout Australia.

QPRC Administrator Tim Overall said the wet play area, which had been identified in the former Queanbeyan City Council’s Delivery Program 2013-2017, would will be a key focal point for the Queanbeyan facility.

“This wet play area will be the only one of its kind in the region, and will provide a great incentive for patrons, both local and across the border, to visit our facility,” Mr Overall said.

“These designs have feature a considerable area at zero depth, which allows for people with a disability or mobility concerns to access and enjoy more of the space. We are striving to give people of all ages and abilities the opportunity to enjoy this wet play area.

“We are now seeking input from the community on which design they would like to see used.”

The two options are:

Option A – Zero Depth Wet Play Area

Option A will provide a completely zero depth play area with 24 water features. The cost of this option is $742,835.

Option B – Zero Depth with 30cm deep splash zone

Option B will provide a zero depth play area, a 30cm deep wading zone and 26 water features. The cost of this option is $782,413.50.

The project has been funded from the Stronger Communities Grant Fund ($450,000), Aquatic Centre Reserves ($116,217.96) and deferred Capital Expenditure Projects funds ($150,000)

Council aims to have the project completed by early 2018.

To have your say on the design, and to view the two options, go to yourvoice.qprc.nsw.gov.au. Submissions close on Thursday 10 August 2017.