Wake up! Lake Illawarra park now a reality

Authorities have given the green light to a Haywards Bay couple's plans to open a cable wakeboarding park on the edge of Lake Illawarra.

Nick and Amy Mowbray secured the final approval needed to operate the park in Griffiths Bay last week.

It allows the couple to realise a dream two years in the making.

"It's great news for us," said a relieved Mr Mowbray.

"We had to jump a lot of hurdles to get here; we needed approval from [NSW] Fisheries, Wollongong City Council, Lake Illawarra Authority and the RMS [Roads and Maritime Services].

"Now we've got them, we're really excited to set up and get going."

Mr Mowbray said he planned to launch the tourism venture in time for the Australia Day long weekend.

"I just hope it's hot," he said.

"We'll have our eyes glued to the weather forecast, that's for sure."

The park's set-up will include two semi-permanent A-frame structures erected on separate jetties and linked with a motorised cable and pulley system.

Riders will be towed from one end of the course to the other and back again by an overhead cable connected to the pulley system.

Mr Mowbray said there would be up to 10 riders an hour, giving users between six and 10 rides a session.

The park will operate at weekends and public holidays.

Destination NSW backed the Mowbrays' proposal before its approval, providing the couple with a $45,000 grant to help with start-up costs.

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