OPPOSED: Peter Burrey, Fay Carter, Trevor “Big Trev” Arbon and Judy Davies at Jack Evans Boat Harbour. Inset, an aquasplash inflatable fun park in action.
OPPOSED: Peter Burrey, Fay Carter, Trevor “Big Trev” Arbon and Judy Davies at Jack Evans Boat Harbour. Inset, an aquasplash inflatable fun park in action. Scott Powick

Seascape residents reject plan for ‘ugly’ inflatable

DESPITE there being no official development application for an inflatable fun park at Jack Evans Boat Harbour, the idea has stirred debate.

Seascape tower acting chairwoman Judy Davies said the committee wasn't in favour of the floating agility course, and has launched a petition and written to Tweed Shire Council, in opposition.

It follows an appeal made by aquaSplash to the committee for their support for a water park similar to its Broadwater and Airlie Beach products. AquaSplash owners offered to address a number of the residents' concerns, including custom-making the park in neutral toned colours.

But Ms Davies said its opening hours, from 9am to 5pm, would create excessive noise and interfere with others' use of the harbour. She also cast doubt on its ability to generate economic benefit for the Tweed.

"Increased noise levels and an invasive unsightly plastic structure would impact adversely on residents and visitors quiet enjoyment," she said.

 

Aquasplash inflatable fun park in action.
Aquasplash inflatable fun park in action. Contributed

"The Bay St shops consist mainly of the methadone pharmacy, sex shops, adult books shops... people would be more likely to frequent Coolangatta."

Trevor "Big Trev" Arbon said he supported an artificial reef already approved for the bay instead.

"We don't want to ruin the ambience for the swimmers and the nippers," Mr Arbon said. "It's an ugly-looking thing."

AquaSplash director Jason Ford defended its operations, saying it would only use 3.3% of the harbour and would be located at the furtherest point from Seascape and Big Trev's Water Sports operations.

"We understand it is a contentious issue, but even with as many objectors as there may be, we have set out to be the best neighbours possible.

"We offer 24-hour security, don't run engines or megaphones, everything is done by hand signal, all noise we have is kids laughing," he said.

Both parties are expected at the council's April 21 community access meeting where Cr Warren Polglase will put a motion for a council report on the suitability of Jack Evans.

"It's good for the economy and I've had a great amount of feedback from people who think it's worthwhile."

Mr Ford said it was hoped a three month trial beginning in November would be approved in the future, attracting 50,000 visitors and boosting local business.



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