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17 February 2019 Posted by 

CHAMBERS BACK WAVE POOL CONCEPT

Concerns the idea may be stolen
DALLAS SHERRINGHAM
THE Central Coast's two major Chambers of Commerce have backed the Wave and Adventure Park project.
Cr Bruce McLachlan has been pushing for the Wave Park concept for several years, but he is worried another nearby region such as Newcastle Hunter will "steal" the idea from the coast.
 
He successfully moved that Central Coast Council draw up a list of suitable council owned properties to base the Wave Park. He also recommended that it include an Adventure sports component and a children's splash pool.
 
The concept fits in with Tourism Central Coast's marketing of the coast as an Adventure hub.
 
Gosford Erina Chamber president Rod Dever said his organisation was fully supportive of any key project that brought more visitors to the coast. However, he fell short of recommending it for Gosford waterfront because of spatial and parking problems.
 
"I think it is ideally suited to a seaside tourist area such as The Entrance, which has already been mentioned as a possible location."
 
Wyong Regional Chamber of Commerce president Ron Stevens welcomed the project. "With all this beach on the coast, you might wonder why we need it, but I can see how a lot of visitors and locals would use it."
 
Mr Stevens said a site close to the M1 would be ideal for the Wave Park, possibly around the Warnervale interchange.
 
Cr McLachlan believes the Wave Park can be built economically following the development of a suitable system in China.
 
The system seems to be a "knockoff" of Kelly Slater's famous Wave Park in the USA.
 
Footage has emerged from a wave pool in China's Henan Province rolling out what appears to a "surfable" wave utilizing eerily familiar technology. 
 
According to sources familiar with the project, Kelly's Made In China counterfeit comes in at 1/5th the price, at $4M.  Kelly's Waves will cost around $20M to install. 
 
While the footage landed on YouTube mysteriously, there's been much talk of China tossing their hat into the Wave Pool Arms Race for some time now, with the 2020 Olympic debut quickly approaching.


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