Keppel Kraken set to go high tech
THE water will be spraying and the Christmas spirit will be in full swing this Sunday as the Yeppoon zero-depth water feature, nicknamed the Keppel Kraken, opens to the public just in time for Carols by the Beach and the start of the school holidays.
Mayor Bill Ludwig commended JM Kelly and council staff for ensuring the feature was ready to go.
"Once the Kraken opens on Sunday, we plan to have it open 7 days a week during the school holidays from 10am to 8pm," he said.
"Work will continue on some areas around the water feature during this time, including additional shade sails, art sculpture elements and street furniture to be installed over the next three weeks.
"Another bonus feature will be the first rollout of Council's digital technology strategy with free WI-FI, smart lighting and security cameras, which will be fully operational early in the new year."
The centrepiece of the feature will be the massive Kraken-themed, water-jet filled sculptures including a unique spray bucket.
David Hatherly from Vee Designs says you won't find a water feature quite like it anywhere else in the country.
"It's always exciting to see a vision become a reality and, in its completion, the Keppel Kraken is nothing short of outstanding," he said.
"While so often big ideas like this get watered down during the planning process, the Shire of Livingston has supported the concept from documentation to on-the-ground development.
"It encompasses a strong local identity and everything from the sculpture to the way the water flows is unique.
"There is nothing like this in any regional centre throughout Queensland if not Australia, and I have no doubt the 'new-look' foreshore will become synonymous with Yeppoon well into the future."