AQUAJET ZOO?

By DAVID MOASE

THE Gold Coast may have the Wet and Wild theme park but for the Coffs Coast it will soon be a case of wet and wildlife.

Coffs Harbour Zoo yesterday signed contracts to take over ownership of the Aquajet waterslide after the slide closes on February 27.

The Aquajet is leaving its Park Beach Road site to allow for the expansion of Park Beach Plaza and yesterday's deal between owner Ken Lessells and the zoo ensures it will stay in Coffs Harbour City.

"It was a relief to get an agreement with people who have assured me the Aquajet will stay in the Coffs Harbour area," Mr Lessells said.

"When we close on February 27, the zoo will get the keys to the site but I will organise the dismantling of the slide and its move.

"I will also act as an unpaid consultant when they are putting it back up."

Coffs Harbour Zoo projects manager, Troy Saville, said the purchase of the Aquajet was an exciting move that 'fits with the direction we will be taking, which will include other new attractions'.

The zoo has purchased most of the Aquajet's attractions, including dry slide, trampoline and Putt-Putt golf, but has not bought the go-karts or the speed ball game.

"Over the next few months, some of the smaller attractions will be put in place at the zoo and we hope to have the waterslide built within the next 12 months," Mr Saville said.

"The waterslide will stay in temporary storage until it can be rebuilt.



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