WET WEEKEND: The Yeppoon foreshore water play area featuring the Keppel Kraken octopus nears completion for a 1.30pm opening on Sunday.
WET WEEKEND: The Yeppoon foreshore water play area featuring the Keppel Kraken octopus nears completion for a 1.30pm opening on Sunday. Photo Lincoln Bertoli

Families expected to flood in for Kraken opening this Sunday

PLANS to open the zero-depth water feature this Sunday are coming along swimmingly.

Dubbed the Keppel Kraken, the Yeppoon foreshore project is on track for its official commissioning with this year's Carols By The Beach.

The octopus tentacle sculptures were delivered about three weeks ago, and Livingstone Shire Council said the contractors had been putting in a massive effort to get all the above-ground elements in place and completed in time for the Christmas holidays.

Mayor Bill Ludwig said it was great to see the final stages coming together.

"This fantastic attraction will have huge community and economic flow-on benefits for the shire and our region," he said.

"There is a real buzz in the community about the much-anticipated opening with kids, parents and grandparents all looking forward to trying out what promises to be one of the best water play features in the state.

"Importantly the Keppel Kraken water park will also be a unique attraction for tourists and visitors that will generate hospitality jobs and provide a huge boost for our local business community."

Cr Ludwig said the project was one of the "best Christmas presents" the community could have hoped for after a devastating start to 2015 with Cyclone Marcia.

"I would like to acknowledge the fantastic funding and support we have received from the State Government," he said.

The official opening is scheduled for 1.30pm on Sunday.



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