PROPOSED WATER THEME PARK IN URANGAN HERVEY BAY TO BE HUGE
CONCERNS are being raised about the impact a proposed $28 million Urangan water park will have on the surrounding neighbourhood.
While acknowledging the benefits Splash Bay would bring to the Fraser Coast, some residents living near the intended site are worried about their quality of life.
John Brummell, owner of a townhouse in Seashells, a complex that would be next door to the water park, said he was concerned about the traffic and noise the estimated 300,000 annual visitors would generate.
“The noise will be huge,” Mr Brummell said.
“There will be no acoustic barriers that could be effective unless they were 15 metres high, and then Seashells would be like a prison.
“Then it’s a privacy issue.
“I know some units are facing directly into where the slides are going and their bedrooms are on the top floor – they are two-storey units, they face north – and people will be able to look directly in.”
He suggested other locations with better infrastructure could provide an improved buffer zone, citing recreation areas such as Wet ‘n’ Wild on the Gold Coast as examples of good planning.
Satellite images of the Urangan site and Wet ‘n’ Wild reveal the different neighbourhood dynamics.
Splash Bay is proposed for what is predominantly a residential zone, surrounded by homes, units and townhouses.
While the popular Gold Coast theme park has green areas on all sides, and the Pacific Hwy running along one of its borders.
Another who believes the Urangan venture has been proposed at the wrong end of town is Barry Osborne.
He said many people in that neighbourhood bought there with the belief the character of the area would be maintained.
“They (the developers) are showing no consideration for residents adjacent to the proposed water park,” Mr Osborne said.
“These people purchased with the understanding that the area was residential and have a right to enjoy their life without interference.”
How the two compare:
Wet ‘n’ Wild
- Wet ‘n’ Wild is about 150m from its nearest home. Other frontages stretch 1.4km before meeting residential areas
- Bushland provides a natural noise buffer
- The Pacific Motorway, which borders another frontage, prevents traffic from clogging residential roads and neighbourhoods
- It is proposed Splash Bay be built in a suburban neighbourhood
- Its nearest homes would be as close as next-door or across the street
- Acoustic-buffer fencing would potentially be the only measure in place to combat noise
- Traffic would be funnelled on to suburban roads