A FREE family fun park, which would cost about $30 million and take up 60% of Kershaw Gardens, is a project independent candidate for Rockhampton Bruce Diamond dreams of bringing to the region.
"While these gardens are a credit to those who designed, constructed and maintain them, I think they are basically under-utilised in many ways; the remaining 40% would be left as a quiet place to take a walk and enjoy the peaceful surroundings," he said.
"The other 60% from the shopping fair-end already has the infrastructure (e.g. power, water and sewerage) which will reduce construction costs significantly.
"This project is not about destroying what's already there. It's about enhancing what we already have."
Mr Diamond said the location was perfect because it was central to both sides of the Fitzroy River, which divided Rockhampton.
"It's also on the main highway, which means tourists travelling either north or south will have to go right past it," he said.
Mr Diamond said he was not against Yeppoon having its own water feature and with not everyone having a car or access to public transport there was a need for two such attractions.
"This project will cost about $30 million over three years and will be done in stages to accommodate funding," he said.
Mr Diamond said he was fairly confident of securing the funds for this project given the commitment of more than $260 million for a football stadium if the CQ NRL bid was successful.
Mr Diamond's plans include a water feature similar to Townsville's, music bowl, entertainment area, working train with themed tunnels for children, skate park, rollerblade and bike paths, dedicated food vendor areas and a chair lift.