Plan for surf simulator at Olympic Pool
ALMOST a decade after Coffs Harbour lost its iconic Aquajet, a wave of support is behind the establishment of a new water park in the city.
Having recently taken over the lease of the Coffs Harbour War Memorial Olympic Pool, the Leaver and McLaughlin families, who own Swimplex Facilities, are working on a plan to install the latest LatiTube Surf Simulator onto the site.
It would be the fourth installation of this Australian- designed and manufactured machine.
"The support we are getting for this idea is incredible," LatiTube project manager Murray Booth said, after the pool's Facebook page this week posed the question, "What if you could ride a six foot wave in Coffs pool?".
Mr Booth said: "The surf machine would be a stand-alone installation and would have no impact on the current users of the pool. Our machine is completely safe and is accessible to people aged from eight to 80!"
At the heart of the machine is a custom pump delivering 2.1 tonnes of water per second to the ride surface, and another pump which delivers 500 litres per second overhead to give people the thrill of riding inside an actual barrel wave.
"Our machines at Ryde Aquatic Leisure Centre and Wet N Wild Sydney are proving to be hugely successful and more installations are planned for Australia and worldwide," said Mr Booth.
"We are hoping to be able to finalise our plans to add a truly unique and exciting experience for everyone in Coffs to be a part of."
Swimplex is working on a range of improvements to the council-owned facility, including upgrades to the kiosk and cafeteria, expanded fitness opportunities and improvements to the centre's energy efficiency.
These improvements are in the planning stages and will be funded privately for the benefit of the community.
"This truly is a Coffs Harbour success story that Swimplex have funded the development of for years, and we will be very proud to be able to share this with the people of Coffs."