$115 million water theme park work on schedule

WORKS on the $115 million Sydney Wet ‘n’ Wild theme park at Prospect are running on schedule with an opening planned for December.

The project’s 25-hectare site on Reservoir Road was cleared of  all bushes, shrubs and trees when the Sun visited last Thursday.

Some 30 workmen using about 15 tractors and bulldozers have also dug huge holes for a man-made river, wave and surf pools and have started construction work for the rides and slides.

Site manager Jason Todd said work resumed after the new year break.

He said containers of water park equipment from China and Canada would arrive this week and be erected in April/May to be followed by major landscaping works in June/July.

‘‘We expect the park — the largest in the southern hemisphere — to be opened in December,’’ he said.

‘‘Its water park facilities are bigger and better than those at the Gold Coast.’’

Project director Chris Warhurst recently said the park would create a beach for residents in western Sydney and cater to an estimated 900,000 yearly customers. 

He said Sydney’s first Wet ‘n’Wild park would have 37 slides and five rides including several world firsts.

Mr Warhurst said they included the world’s tallest Skycoaster ride at 87 metres and the Aqua Loop, a mat racer combination slide that hurtles riders along at 60km/h.

‘‘A 150-metre long surf pool and 70-metre long wave pool will form an artificial beach,’’ he said.

The Village Roadshow project will generate 300 construction jobs, including more than 30 for Seven Hills firm, Western Earthmoving, and 300 full-time jobs when the park opens.

A Village spokesman said the park would generate $500 million in economic activity for the local economy.

‘‘Village are also spending more than $7 million upgrading surrounding roads, including $1.5 million to build an intersection at the park’s entrance,’’ he said.

You can now apply for a job at Wet ‘n’ Wild Sydney by visiting their website.

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