POLL: Water park push makes splash
AN ONLINE campaign for a water park to be built in Toowoomba has gained traction with hundreds supporting the cause.
More than 1000 people have joined the "Toowoomba needs a water park" Facebook page which started on Sunday.
Almost 2000 have signed a petition in favour of the park.
Page founder Michelle Quinn said it was vitally needed in Toowoomba.
"We've got only two public swimming pools in Toowoomba.
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"Both Milne Bay Aquatic Centre and Highfields Aquatic Centre are always packed.
"I come from the desert region in Western Australia and we had a water park. There are even water parks in England.
"Why can't we have one here?"
Mrs Quinn was assisted in making the page by Kathy Stajkowski and Wendy Sanchez.
Mrs Stajkowski said the idea formed after people asked on social media about the best water holes or falls to jump off.
"That's when we realised that there are so many in Brisbane and other towns but not in Toowoomba.
"We want somewhere for the kids to play."
Aquatic facilities spokesperson Cr Ros Scotney said Toowoomba Regional Council was supportive of the concept.
"However, no feasibility studies have been done into the benefits, either social or economic, of a water park - given the region's highly seasonal weather," she said.
The council is in the process of developing an aquatic strategy and masterplan including extensive consultation with key stakeholders into the current performance and future planning needed for pools and other aquatic facility needs across the region.
"Among a range of items identified during the consultation phase of this project was the desire for more aquatic leisure spaces within the existing aquatic facilities or in any new aquatic facility developments," Cr Scotney said.
"At no stage during the community consultation was a standalone 'water park' identified as being required within Toowoomba.
"Council is aware of the current campaign, but at no time has an official approach been made to build a stand-alone water park.
"Council would need to fully explore all the financial implications of such a project before any decisions were made.
"It should also be noted that residents are well serviced by nine pools across the region that are open and are a great place to socialise and cool down."
The proposal has sparked an intense debate online with many recalling good times at the now defunct Willow Springs water park.
- Water park campaign
- There are nine pools across the region
- Toowoomba is serviced by Milne Bay Aquatic Centre and the Highfields Aquatic Centre
- Lake Annand has been proposed as a possible site
- A change.com petition has already gained 924 signatures
- A similar petition in Rockhampton has garnered 1,019 supporters.
- "Toowoomba needs a water park" Facebook page has 889 members