Maylands Waterland to trial earlier opening hours

Maylands Residents and Ratepayers Association president Elli Petersen-Pik has succeeded in his push for earlier opening hours. Photo: Andrew Ritchie
Maylands Residents and Ratepayers Association president Elli Petersen-Pik has succeeded in his push for earlier opening hours. Photo: Andrew Ritchie

EARLIER opening hours for Maylands Waterland will be trialled next year after a successful push from the community.

The City of Bayswater is currently consulting with the community on the future of the water park after a report found it would cost $2.7 million to make the ageing facility’s structures, plant and amenities compliant.

The facility had to be shut down twice in the 2014-15 season for urgent maintenance and water quality control.

Maylands Residents and Ratepayers Association called for opening times to be changed from 10am to 8am to allow families to avoid the midday sun and allow use before small children’s mid-morning nap.

Bayswater Council moved to trial a 9am opening for January school holidays and weekends in February.

Association president Elli Petersen-Pik said he was happy the City chose a 9am trial.

“I look forward to seeing more people coming and visiting in the early hours,” he said.

The trial will cost $5,965 for staff, electricity and advertising costs. Waterland has a budgeted loss of $271,152 a year.

The City hosted another community forum at the weekend to discuss four options for the park.

One option is to refurbish the Maylands Waterland in its current form and a second is to make the park more open to the public and other demographics and feature more zero depth pools.

The forum also discussed turning the area into a Peninsula precinct and finally, to refurbish Waterland and also create a new zone to cater for more age groups.

All options will look at doing more with the café.