STRICT conditions have been applied to the next expansion of Outback Splash water park in Bullsbrook.
City of Swan’s officers recommended rejecting the expansion because the proponent failed to prove the park could adequately contain noises like children screaming on waterslides.
But an alternative motion from councillor Kevin Bailey ensured the expansion will proceed, albeit with a comprehensive list of conditions.
The proposed upgrade includes four peculiarly named waterslides, a splash pool, a lifeguard tower and relocation of mazes and animal exhibits.
The water park proponents were required to include a noise level assessment plan as part of its application to expand.
City of Swan’s environmental health staff reviewed the noise plan and determined the proponent had not satisfactorily outlined how the expanded facility would mitigate against the anticipated noise levels.
Staff compiled a list of 11 reasons how the proposed noise management plan fell short of their expectations.
They indicated the person preparing the noise management plan had no expertise and there was “unrealistic expectation” staff or signage would stop patrons from talking loudly or children screaming on waterslides.
One of the conditions outlined in Cr Bailey’s motion will be for the water park proponents to submit a new acoustic assessment from a qualified consultant.
Business development manager for Outback Splash Eli Barlow said the noise levels were only breached by 1-3db on Sundays or public holidays.
He said the benefits of employment and increased visitation to the area warranted approval of the extension,
The park and maze owners have big ambitions for the attraction, and have said they wanted it to one day rival Wet ‘n’ Wild on the Gold Coast.