New sports park will have tourism pull

Peter Walsh and Ian Clark look at plans for the park.

By CASEY NEILL

MELBOURNE Cable Park creator Ian Clark has shown off the Bangholme project to Nationals Leader Peter Walsh.
The Journal earlier this month reported that City of Greater Dandenong councillors approved an application for the $5 million park adjacent to the National Watersports Centre (NWSC) on Patterson River.
Mr Walsh visited the Riverend Road site, due to open late this year, on Monday 24 August.
“This project will be a boon for the Dandenong region and the south-east more widely, creating around 160 jobs and bringing more tourists out from the city every year,” he said.
The Journal revealed plans for the park in February, reporting it could attract 90,000 people to Bangholme each year.
The company developing the park, Activ, has leased a grassed area that the State Government declared surplus to its needs.
There it will build lakes for water-skiing, wakeboarding, kayaking and stand-up paddle boarding.
There’ll be two full lake systems with skate park-like obstacles and circular cable tracks to tow users and another two lakes will have what’s known as two-tower systems, which take the user from one side of the lake to the other and are designed for beginners.
Activ managing director Ian Clark said solar panels would power the cable systems, which each use as much electricity as two washing machines.
He said it was an environmentally sustainable way to water-ski and would open the sport to people who had previously been excluded by the need for a boat.

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