The waterslides are taking shape as construction on the Big Banana Water Park is on in earnest. General manager Michael Lockman and Daniel Lever from Swimplex inspect some of the equipment.
The waterslides are taking shape as construction on the Big Banana Water Park is on in earnest. General manager Michael Lockman and Daniel Lever from Swimplex inspect some of the equipment. Trevor Veale

Water Park well and truly in the pipeline

YEARS of planning are about to pay off for Coffs Harbour's most anticipated development - the Big Banana Water Park.

Major work got under way this week after fibreglass components arrived for the construction of four world-class thrill rides.

Set to rival Wet'n'Wild, the $1.6million development includes a kamikaze adrenalin drop, a raft tube ride and an aqua play area for the youngsters.

Set for completion by October, the park will also see the revival of a much-missed local attraction - the aqua jet.

General manager Michael Lockman is hopeful the new development will add to the Big Banana's appeal and entice more visitors to Coffs Harbour.

"This project has been our vision for many years now and it's very exciting to see the first shipment of equipment arrive," Mr Lockman said.

A $500,000 grant from the State Government's Regional Visitor Economy Fund has helped make the dream a reality.

Construction is being undertaken by Coffs Harbour firm Swimplex Aquatics.



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