Victorian construction and development firm Pellicano and publican family Zagame have unveiled plans for a $100 million water park in south east Melbourne.
The project, to be named Zagame’s Wild Water Park, will be located in Dingley Village and feature the largest indoor waterpark in the southern hemisphere.
The year-round, all-weather facility will comprise 18,200sq m of indoor and 20,000sq m of outdoor water attractions.
Among the Australian-firsts attractions will be a 180-degree semi-circular stand-up surf pool, a tunnel-like wave ski-slide complete with video controls and an indoor-outdoor “lazy river” .
City of Kingston mayor Georgina Oxley said that a permit has not been issued yet and council would take into account that the area for the proposed water park was in a “green wedge” zone typically used for agricultural uses.
“It’s certainly something we’ll have to address during the planning permit stage,” Oxley said.
Pellicano and Zagame’s have previously collaborated on a highly successful joint venture on the Gold Coast, the regeneration of Paradise Resort.
“This partnership was a natural fit for Zagame, as a well-established family-owned business, Pellicano’s values align closely with our own and we both continue to maintain a benchmark of excellence in all our business dealings,” Zagame director Robert Zagame said.
The Victorian partners are also collaborating with Vancouver-based WhiteWater West.
The leading water park company will oversee construction and installation of attractions.
“WhiteWater West has been working closely with the Zagame’s and Pellicano team to make their vision for the park a reality with the help of Peddle Thorpe Architects and Master Planners Pico Play,” WhiteWater West managing director James Corbett said.
The park will be home to some of WhiteWater’s latest innovations in technology and design, bringing a truly one-of-a-kind experience to all Australians.”
The project is estimated to create 1,200 new full-time jobs within Dingley Village and the wider City of Kingston.
Nine food and beverage outlets have also been proposed in the master plan, leveraging Zagame’s industry-leading food, beverage and entertainment offerings.
Engineering students from universities will also be able to attend guided tours of the water management technology to oversee the best practice of environmentally sustainable design.
Once approved a two-year construction process could have the project completed late-2021.