Melbourne could get a massive $100 million indoor water park

A concept design for Zagame’s Wild Water Park.

A huge new $100 million water park could be built in south-east Melbourne by the summer of 2021 providing it gets approved by the necessary authorities.

The proposed indoor water park would be built by the wealthy families behind Melbourne property group Pellicano and hospitality experts Zagame. It would be named Zagame’s Wild Water Park.

The families lodged an application to build the water park on Tuesday, claiming it will be the largest indoor water park in the southern hemisphere.

The resort-style water park would be built on a site in Dingley Village, about 22km outside of Melbourne’s CBD, which is owned by the Pellicano family.

“Pellicano has owned this site for over 30 years and is thrilled to reveal our plans to inject much-needed, year-round, all-weather fun into Melbourne’s family entertainment landscape,” Pellicano managing director Nando Pellicano said in a statement.

Architects Peddle Thorpe, who designed the Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre and Melbourne Aquarium, are behind the designs, which include:

  • interactive water tunnels
  • uphill slides
  • zip lines
  • a wave machine that for surfers
  • a 423m long indoor-outdoor lazy river
  • a giant freshwater aquarium
  • a vegetable garden
  • other family entertainment facilities
  • The outdoor swimming area.

    There would be 18,200 square metres of inside space and an additional 20,000 square metres outside.

    The water park could create up to 1,184 jobs within Dingley Village and the surrounding area when it’s operational, Pellicano said. He also hopes it will tempt visitors away from the Gold Coast, which is home to Wet’n’Wild.

    Zagame corporation’s director Robert Zagame said in a statement: “This partnership was a natural fit for Zagame’s; as a well established family-owned business, Pellicano’s values align closely with our own.”

    But there’s no guarantee that the water park will ever come to fruition.

    Local councillors at the City of Kingston only saw the plans for the first time last night, according to the website of 3AW radio station.

    Mayor Georgina Oxley said on the 3AW Breakfast show: “It’s still very new for council in terms of the planning process.”

    Oxley added that no permits have been issued and that the proposed land is currently zoned as a green wedge.

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