Plan makes big splash
NEWS a water park will be coming to Proserpine has seen more than a few locals jumping for joy.
The 2015-16 Council budget, released on Tuesday last week, shows $600,000 allocated for the park's construction.
Former Proserpine resident Bridget Middleton has been behind the idea and campaigned for it from the start.
Ms Middleton said she was overjoyed to see the dream becoming a reality.
"We didn't think it was going to happen, so I'm actually so pleasantly surprised," she said.
Despite her desire to see the park built, Ms Middleton said there were reasons she hadn't thought it would eventuate.
"Because we're sort of stuck in the middle between Bowen and Airlie Beach, we don't generally get too many funds thrown our way," she said.
"I'm really proud of Council for acknowledging that something like this should be done without needing to be harassed about it.
"It will really add to the attractiveness of the town as somewhere that people will want to live and stay."
Local resident and owner of Cherrie Baby Boutique Sophie Camm agreed, saying it would give local children something to do.
"It will be a fantastic thing for local families that have got young children," she said.
"It will be an affordable day out for them.
"There's not a lot of options in Proserpine for young families, not a lot of entertainment options anyway."
Proserpine mother Gemma Poschelk said the park could also give local business a boost.
"If there is somewhere (tourists) can come and meet people, people will then discuss, 'Oh, go to this shop, have a look at this,' that sort of thing," she said, adding "There's too many shopfronts left vacant at the moment." Mrs Poschelk said the potential positioning of the park close to the Bruce Highway would also give the town a welcome facelift. "Anything that boosts the front of Proserpine is great, because it's a bit of an eyesore at the moment," she said.