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Nice to see some photos. Good on them for sharing. 

The only footage i could find  

Giz ya lighter!

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24 minutes ago, Ranger said:

Here's the article for those who can't access it...

Looks like Koala Kove is now set for September 2022 while Velocity Falls is set for the 10th-21st of October 2021!

From The Illawarra Mercury:

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Jamberoo Action Park's New $8m Waterslide To Make A Splash In October

Desiree Savage Desiree Savage

Jamberoo Action Park owner Jim Eddy amongst the 25,000 worth of cubic metres of earth that needs to be moved around for the new Velocity Falls attraction. Picture: Robert Peet

Jamberoo Action Park owner Jim Eddy amongst the 25,000 worth of cubic metres of earth that needs to be moved around for the new Velocity Falls attraction. Picture: Robert Peet

If you thought constructing IKEA furniture was a challenge, imagine constructing a 160 metre-long, high adrenaline waterslide with the use of diagrams and manuals.

That's exactly what Jamberoo Action Park owner Jim Eddy and his team are doing, with the new Velocity Falls waterslide ride under construction but without the usual specialist engineer from Canada and team that would normally come with it.

"We tried to but due to Australian Government restrictions we can't get them in so we're having to do it via Zoom and manuals which has made it very difficult" he said.

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A concept design of the Velocity Falls attraction which will replace Splash Out. Picture: Supplied.

"We have two construction sites - one where the ride is actually being built, the other in the carpark where all the... thousands of fibreglass tubing that's being bolted together by our assembly line there of our star recruits."

Mr Eddy said some of their usual summer staff are now part of the crew putting the extravagant, multimillion-dollar puzzle together and anticipates it to be complete by mid-October.

The ride, which will replace the Splash Out at a cost of around $8 million, will involve eight individual slides, with a further two "multibump" slides - extending approximately 30 metres from the base to the top.  

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NO MORE: Jamberoo Action Park owner Jim Eddy at the Splash Out waterslide in February 2021 before it closed for good to make way for the new Velocity Falls. Picture: Adam McLean

It will have an overall ride length of approximately 160 metres and an elevational drop of 21.59 metres with a rainforest/waterfall theme inspired by Fitzroy Falls.

A train with a scenic route is also being built around the park.

A family water play area called Koala Kove is also approved with construction for that set for 2022, while Mr Eddy is gearing up to submit new plans to council for their next attraction - an interactive river with wave pool that will delight 4000 patrons an hour.

By the way, can a moderator change the topic name to reflect the new name of the attraction, Velocity Falls?

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14 minutes ago, Jamberoo Fan said:

Mr Eddy is gearing up to submit new plans to council for their next attraction - an interactive river with wave pool that will delight 4000 patrons an hour.

This!!!!☝️

This will be a gamechanger if it is anything like the Rapid Action  River at Volcano Bay. This will be the first of its kind in Australia- cant wait to see the plans and concept art for this as it comes to light.

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From The Illawarra Mercury (An alternate headline was 'NSW government splashes out $600,000 on Jamberoo Action Park's new water slide') :

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NSW Government helps Jamberoo Action Park generate more jobs during construction of its biggest ever ride

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Job support: Gareth Ward and Jim Eddy look at plans for the new Velocity Falls waterslide at Jamberoo Action Park. Picture:Sylvia Liber.

Job support: Gareth Ward and Jim Eddy look at plans for the new Velocity Falls waterslide at Jamberoo Action Park. Picture:Sylvia Liber

Jamberoo Action Park has secured NSW government regional job creation funding to help unlock jobs and boost tourism with the construction of a giant new eight-lane water slide.

Kiama MP Gareth Ward made the announcement after advocating for the $600,000 grant that will generate 30 construction jobs and 50 full-time equivalent positions when Velocity Falls opens in time for summer.

Mr Ward acknowledged Jamberoo Action Park managing director Jim Eddy for his extraordinary vision and bravery in continuing to make significant investments that benefit the region and create many jobs for youth.

Mr Eddy is hoping the largest single ride ever built in the theme park's 40 year history will open in October but said the project has been delayed by recent rain.

He welcomed the funding saying it had been crucial in financing the latest ride precinct.

Mr Eddy said NSW Government support provided the family owned theme park the confidence to invest in more attractions. And commended Kiama Council for creating a strong regional economic development strategy aimed at further growing the local economy.

He said when completed the new ride will help generate another 50 jobs for young people from Kiama, Shellharbour and Albion Park.

Mr Eddy said every investment in Jamberoo Action Park had a big flow on effect in the community.

For every dollar spent at the attraction consumers spent another dollar in the local business community.

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A concept design of the Velocity Falls attraction which will replace Splash Out. Picture: Supplied.

"These kind of investments are high risk." Mr Eddy said.

"You have got to get a lot of things right. And one of the things you have to get right is the finance. This significant contribution by the NSW Government has given us the confidence to go and invest that money for this particular ride which is about $11 million."

Mr Eddy said many local businesses who have been involved in other ride installations over the years are also involved in the construction of Velocity Falls which combines three water rides with an eight lane aqua racer.

Mr Ward said Velocity Falls will be a major tourism drawcard for Kiama and the increased visitation it generates at the park will help drive further tourism growth.

"This grant unlocks new jobs and vocational pathways for Kiama, with an increase in visitation leading to more employment opportunities at the popular theme park" he said.

"Jobs at this time are extremely important. So many young people here in Kiama have got their first job at this park. It has taught them the skills, the dedication and the commitment you need to have employment."

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Jim Eddy and Gareth Ward during the funding announcement. Picture: Sylvia Liber.

"And when you make investments like this it has flow on effects, particularly for young people who are seeking employment."

"From my point of view. These are not costs to government. They are investments in regional economies that generate jobs and create opportunities."

Mr Eddy said 40 containers with 1500 fibreglass components had arrived from North America but COVID-19 is preventing a team of engineers from being sent to put it all together.

So Jamberoo Action Park has arranged a workforce of local people to do that work.

Most are aged in their late teens and early 20's and will work in teams to join it all the components together.

"We have had experience putting this stuff together before," Mr Eddy said.

"But this ride is a first for the manufacturer. Many components they have not done before."

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15 hours ago, CRG088 said:

Wonder if you see any update or new photos ??? I kept see dirty work on Facebook, nothing waterslides or anything construction etc. 

i did post an overall site view in the nearmap thread last week. still earthworks but some footings in and plenty of slide pieces nearby stacked up and ready to go.

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In the midst of the exciting things and construction happening at Dreamworld, Seaworld and Luna Park Sydney, its easy to forget there is also major construction happening at Jamberoo as we speak!

 

May be an image of outdoors and text that says 'JAMBEROO she action! ...uhave you condvol BIG THINGS ARE COMING! PLAN AHEAD FOR A SUMMER OF FUN'

May be an image of outdoors and tree

Things are coming along nicely and it appears that the new attraction and precint is on track for opening later this Summer! More updates to follow as they come to hand!

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On 17/09/2021 at 9:43 AM, Jobe said:

In the midst of the exciting things and construction happening at Dreamworld, Seaworld and Luna Park Sydney, its easy to forget there is also major construction happening at Jamberoo as we speak!

 

May be an image of outdoors and text that says 'JAMBEROO she action! ...uhave you condvol BIG THINGS ARE COMING! PLAN AHEAD FOR A SUMMER OF FUN'

May be an image of outdoors and tree

Things are coming along nicely and it appears that the new attraction and precint is on track for opening later this Summer! More updates to follow as they come to hand!

What an update! I love seeing earthworks happening and a new thing slowly taking shape from nothing

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