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25 November 2019 Posted by 


Moves underway to source land
THE idea of a wave park for the Central Coast isn’t dead in the water yet.

Glenworth Valley Outdoor Adventures announcing it is in talks with investors and Central Coast Council about hosting what could be a huge tourist attraction for the region.

While Council announced recently that it owns no land suitable for the venture, it has resolved to look at locating a site to encourage the industry to the Coast, long-time supporter of the concept Cr Bruce McLachlan said.

“It’s only early days, and I understand Glenworth Valley owner Barton Lawler is to meet with senior planning staff to discuss the merits and suitability of their proposed site,” Cr McLachlan said.

“I would be naturally supportive of Glenworth Valley’s efforts in trying to bring a major adventure sports precinct for the Central Coast.

“Tourism is a major youth employer, and with increasing automation we need to encourage more activities that will provide our younger residents interesting employment opportunities.

“A similar Wave Park operation in the UK employs over 100 people.“

Mr Lawler said discussions with Council so far had been “positive”, with a meeting scheduled in coming weeks to discuss the proposal.

“Everyone you speak with agrees that the Central Coast needs a major tourist attraction,” he said.

“I would like to commend Council for being so proactive with this opportunity and for aiming to deliver something as significant as a Surf Wave Park to the area.

“The Wave Park experience is fantastic. Customers rave about it because the power and consistency of the waves are incredible.

“Beginner surfers and professionals can enjoy the ride of their lives, all at the push of a button.

“We are looking at host the surf park on land adjacent to Peats Ridge Rd, which is only 3kms off the M1 motorway.”

Made popular by 11-time surf world champion Kelly Slater, Surf Wave Parks are inland lagoons with technology to create man-made waves with the power and shape of ocean waves.

By maintaining a constant velocity, surfers ride the best breaks consistently, all year round.

There is no need to hunt for the perfect wave. It comes to you. Up to 2,400 rideable waves are produced each hour, catering to five different skill levels (beginner to advanced), giving local surfers and tourists alike the perfect wave, every time.

Cr McLachlan said wave parks had become increasingly popular around the world.

“Snowdonia in Wales receives 70,000 tourists per year,” he said.

“There are several Australian Surf Wave Parks in the pipeline, with many approved and being built as we speak.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for the Central Coast to ride the crest of the surf park boom and drive tourism in the region.”

The wave park project could be the perfect complement to a series of new developments from Glenworth Valley.



Michael Walls
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