$45m waterpark in Cairns to be expanded by two stages
WATER park developer Paul Freebody has revealed two further stages of his $45 million venture as he invites Far North Queensland businesses to provide millions of dollars in goods and services.

He said the second stage targeted to be completed in 2019
was budgeted at $4.5 million and would include a “Tantrum and Bowling Alley”, a
“Plummet Free Fall ride” and a full-blown wave pool, while stage three, also
$4.5 million, would have “secret” rides two years later.

Mr Freebody told a Cairns Chamber of
Commerce business lunch it was vital additional rides were added. so it
continued to attract residents as well as interstate visitors back to Adventure
Waters Water Park. In The
Weekend Post
 on Saturday he is advertising for expressions of interest
from local businesses for a host of services estimated at $18 million over the
next 12 months involving 300 workers. They include civil and
structural engineering design, electrical, mechanical and fire design, hydraulics
design, building certification, civil engineering/earth moving, electrical and
mechanical installation, builders, plumbing, landscaping, structural steelwork,
shade structures and umbrellas, concreting, signs, painting, lighting,
security, Closed Circuit Television and Public Address systems, block laying
and fencing.

Mr Freebody said site works were expected to start next
month until late next year.

He said more than 200 staff would be
employed with an annual wages and salaries bill of $4.5-$4.8 million.
Among them would be 90 lifeguards, while indigenous staff were “a priority” as
well as hiring of disabled people. Mr Freebody said a vast network
of cameras would be closely monitored to ensure the safety and security of park
users. The venue would be cashless with customers issued with
wristbands loaded with credit, Mr Freebody said.

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EN-US;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA">He said $9 million would be spent on local goods
and services each year and the park would complement, not ­compete, with
Sugarworld water park or the redeveloped Tobruk Pool.  Freebody said the park, on the Captain Cook
Highway between Holloways Beach and Yorkeys Knob roundabouts, would attract
337,000 people in the first year, 354,125 in the second and 371,831 in the
third. Chamber chief executive Deb Hancock praised Mr Freebody and
his wife Kim for remaining committed to the project for more than seven years