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.
"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.
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.
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