SPLASH­DOWN

New ‘Bali style’ wa­ter park plan for CBD

Sunday Territorian - - FRONT PAGE - EL­LIE TURNER

MUR­MURS of a gi­ant Dar­win city wa­ter park have started to make waves.

A $500,000 fea­si­bil­ity study for a pri­vate sec­tor-cre­ated fa­cil­ity sim­i­lar to Bali’s fa­mous Water­bom Park will be an­nounced to­day as the NT Gov­ern­ment ramps up its pledge to re­vi­talise the CBD.

Jorja Smart, 4, who just moved to town from Syd­ney, said she would love to have slides and wa­ter can­nons.

“I want a slide with lots of wa­ter and very high,” she said.

Her mum Tr­ish Smart said: “They need some­thing down here like that.

“They need some­thing more than the wave pool and aimed to­ward the lit­tle kids.”

It’s un­der­stood the gov­ern­ment would pro­vide prime CBD land to fa­cil­i­tate de­vel­op­ment of a ma­jor Dar­win wa­ter park amid a pro­posed life­style precinct cre­ated near the Dar­win Water­front.

The gov­ern­ment is ex­pected to an­nounce a pre­ferred CBD lo­ca­tion to­day.

Chief Min­is­ter Michael Gun­ner said he was ex­cited about the pos­si­ble project.

“We have lis­tened to busi­ness, who sug­gested this as an ex­cit­ing pri­vate sec­tor project, which gov­ern­ment could help fa­cil­i­tate,” he said.

“It’s a sig­nif­i­cant project that would have flow-on tourism ef­fects across the NT.

“A wa­ter park could cre­ate hun­dreds of lo­cal con­struc­tion and on­go­ing jobs and be a huge draw­card for both lo­cals and tourists — we want some-

thing with ‘ wow’ fac­tor that cre­ates ex­cite­ment in the city.”

The idea for a Bali Water­bom-style wa­ter park in Dar­win CBD was raised dur­ing the re­cent Eco­nomic Sum­mit as a tourism and eco­nomic driver.

Water­bom is ranked No. 2 in Trip Ad­viser’s 2016 world’s best wa­ter parks.

Its fea­ture rides in­clude a “Euro Bungy” which cat­a­pults peo­ple 9m into the air, a wa­ter bal­loon can­non and “flowrider”, a 1.5m sta­tion­ary wave.

It also boasts a hand­ful of hard­core wa­ter slides — per­fect for thrillseek­ers who want to cool off with­out dan­ger from crocs and stingers.

The Sun­day Ter­ri­to­rian and

Nt News have launched the Let’s Make The Ter­ri­tory Greater cam­paign to make us an even bet­ter place to live.

We are tak­ing your ideas to coun­cils as well as the Ter­ri­tory and fed­eral gov­ern­ment.

The fledg­ling wa­ter park idea is one part of the NT Gov­ern­ment’s plans to at­tract pri­vate sec­tor in­vest­ment to cre­ate more jobs, at­tract tourists and boost the pop­u­la­tion.

The NT Gov­ern­ment has pledged to fund and pri­ori­tise the projects over four years.

“As Aus­tralia’s north­ern cap­i­tal, we need to have a mix of cul­tural and en­ter­tain­ment in­fra­struc­ture that at­tracts and re­tains peo­ple to live here and also pro­vides op­tions for vis­it­ing tourists,” Mr Gun­ner said.

The gov­ern­ment last week an­nounced $100 mil­lion fund­ing to re­vi­talise Dar­win CDB through mea­sures in­clud­ing a My­illy Point mu­seum on the old hos­pi­tal site.

Dar­win may soon have a park sim­i­lar to Water­bom in Bali (pic­tured)

Pic­ture: PA­T­RINA MALONE

Jorja Smart, 4, makes the most out of the lim­ited ac­tiv­i­ties at the water­front la­goon with her mother, Tr­ish LET’S MAKE THE TER­RI­TORY

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