Mum on a mission for water park
THE success of the water park in Hervey Bay has now sparked calls for a similar facility in the Bundaberg region.
Leading the charge is Bundaberg mother-of-two Sherylea Jones, who approached Member for Burnett Rob Messenger for support.
Yesterday Mr Messenger and Ms Jones launched a petition to be presented to state parliament outlining the need for a water park in the Burnett and Bundaberg region.
Ms Jones said she envisaged the park would incorporate a turtle theme, and would teach information about turtles as well as teach water awareness to children.
“Bundaberg needs something extra where families can go and enjoy themselves and somewhere children of all ages can enjoy,” she said.
“Bundaberg seems to always be a step behind Hervey Bay.”
Ms Jones said the region needed to capture and embrace the coastal lifestyle.
“It won’t only be fun for families, but an educational experience for people to understand our reef and turtles,” she said.
Ms Jones said she had already collected about 150 signatures on the petition.
Mr Messenger said the petition would underline the need and the desire for a water park in the district.
“Taking people’s needs to parliament in a formal way means we’re serious about the issue,” he said.
Once the petition had gone to parliament, the issue would be discussed with the Bundaberg Regional Council.
Mr Messenger said about $20 million would be needed for the project.
“If you can’t demonstrate the community need, you’re not going to get the funding,” he said.
“If you establish that there is a need in the community you are more likely to get access to grants.”
Mr Messenger said the water park would have social and educational benefits, as well as being a tourism drawcard.