The developers Paul and Kim Freebody say they are confident that they will be able to announce the final timeline for the construction and targeted opening date for the park shortly.
Freebody says that preliminary planning stages have gone well.
“We had several successful meetings leading into Christmas with various ride manufacturers and suppliers at an international and domestic level. During these meetings it was decided on an immediate course of action to get construction going as quickly as possible,” he says.
“However, before that can happen I need to follow through on my commitment made to the smaller local investors who want a chance to be involved if they choose to.”
To do that, Freebody has to complete a full prospectus to ensure he complies with all the legal requirements.
Steve Peet of Steve Peet Consultants has cleared the decks in anticipation of the project starting early in 2010. Peet has 23 years experience in theme parks – 14 as GM of Wet’n’Wild and the balance as CEO of Warner Village Group.
“A project like Adventure Waters requires lots of planning and that is why we have ensured our company has a clean slate to provide our total undivided focus on Adventure Waters for at least the next 12 construction months and the operational phase,” Peet says.
“Paul has assembled some of the world’s best water park specialists to ensure the best possible result and we expect to formally engage their services within the first quarter of the New Year.”
Freebody also says that the recent announcements of an additional 300,000 airline seats into Cairns starting next year, combined with the extra 3000 domestic seats announced by Jet Star and Virgin Blue’s direct flights from Auckland have boosted everyone’s confidence regarding tourism growth in Cairns.
“Being the fastest growing regional city in Queensland strongly supports the project alignment with an expected growth of numbers to this region,” he says.