Former water park hotelier’s preference

Former water park hotelier’s preference

‘It was brought to my attention recently and it’s quite a good site,’ Mr Cranswick said.

He was yet to find out if the site was big enough for the project and associated parking.

Mr Cranswick said distance was the major barrier for the Champion Lakes site whereas the old Ascot Water Playground site, near Ascot Racecourse, was just off Great Eastern Highway.

He did consider the Champion Lakes Regatta Centre site, but decided it was not an ideal venue.

Currently, his proposed whitewater park would cost about $10 million, with a $9 million hotel alongside.

When asked why the whitewater park would cost less than the $15 million Champion Lakes proposal, Mr Cranswick said costs would come down and the hotel would help.

His whitewater park would include facilities for international and national competitions, canoeing and kayaking, whitewater rafting, function rooms, kids boogie-boarding and possible wave-riders.

He said the campaign video distributed by Canoeing WA was independently funded.