MAYLANDS residents are leading the push for Maylands Waterland to open two hours earlier and have sent a 300-strong petition to the City of Bayswater.
The petition, initiated by the Maylands Residents and Ratepayers Association, calls for the water park to trial 8am opening times instead of 10am.
The City is about to start community consultation on the future of Waterland, which currently loses $228,287 a year, has declining attendance figures, and would cost $2.7 million to make its structures, plant and amenities compliant with relevant standards
Association president Elli Petersen-Pik said parents had told him the site opened too late for those with young children.
“Many people said numerous times they were considering coming here but they didn’t because around 10am, it’s too hot in summer,” he said.
Mr Petersen-Pik said making the change now would allow the City to test any improvement in attendance, which would help inform the City’s upcoming consultation process.
“We don’t want to lose this season again, when next year they’re going to discuss the future of the facility,” he said.
“The water park should stay, it needs to be upgraded.”
However, Mayor Barry McKenna said the City was not currently considering extending opening hours.
“With attendances at the Waterland falling, demand from users is not there to justify the additional operating cost involved or allocating the extra staff resources that would be required,” he said.
Cr McKenna said the upcoming consultation would look at how to retain Waterland in a way that was economically and environmentally sustainable.
“The feedback that we receive will ensure that council can make an informed decision on the options identified… for the future of the Maylands Waterland,” he said.
He said the consultation arrangements would be finalised soon and taken seven to eight months to finish.
Maylands Waterland will open for the season at the beginning of November.