Water conservation and management is a top priority for the new Wet’n’Wild Sydney according to plans unveiled by Village Roadshow Limited, Australia’s largest ASX-listed theme park and entertainment company.
With the water supply for the entire park estimated at 100 megalitres a year, the park’s owners are investigating ways to improve water efficiency with an integrated Water Management Plan to identify, evaluate and implement best-practice water conservation.
They plan to save more than 50 million litres of water a year by using rainwater and recycled storm-water for 90 per cent of the park’s irrigation, wash-down, landscaping and toilet flushing needs and by using the latest water filtration technology that requires less backwashing.
This will allow for a 30 per cent reduction in total water use and the efficient design, Village Roadshow says, will allow the attraction to remain open even in extreme drought conditions.
NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell said the 25-hectare site will create 300 construction jobs and another 300 theme-park jobs.
“This theme park will attract an estimated 900,000 visitors a year and almost 20 per cent of those will come from overseas or interstate,” Mr O’Farrell told reporters at the site. “They are about to put a beach within reach to anyone who lives in western Sydney. The beach they’re building here (is) on par with the size of Freshwater Beach on the northern beaches.”
Village Roadshow Theme Parks CEO Tim Fisher said Sydney was getting a state-of-the-art park.
“We’ve got the industry’s best designers creating attractions many of which have never been seen in Australia before,” he said.
The park will boast 42 slides and attractions including a combination of a loop and mat racer, which will be a world first. It will also include the world’s tallest Double SkyCoaster.
Village Roadshow has agreed to contribute more than $7 million towards funding road infrastructure upgrades in the area and designed the park to cater for various modes of transport, including scheduled and tourist coaches, shuttle buses from nearby stations and car, motorbike and bicycle parking facilities.
The park is expected to open in December, 2013.