Wollondilly Council set to investigate water park proposal

Wollondilly is one step closer to having its very own water play park.

Councillor Simon Landow proposed $300,000 from the Western Sydney City Deal livability fund be used to build the new splash park at Monday's council meeting.

While councillors supported the water park idea, they did not support using the funds from the city deal.

Cr Landow said he was "a little disappointed with the outcome" but hoped it was also a positive step forward.

"While we won't be using the funds from the city deal, staff will investigate funding options for the project," he said.

"Some of the councillors and staff thought that diverting money out of the liveability fund would put other projects in jeopardy.

"This is a start and I am grateful for that - once we identify some funding I think it will be full steam ahead."

The north ward councillor took to his Facebook page last week to say that he would like to see the city deal funds used on community projects rather than to build a civic building.

Council staff will now have three months to bring a report back to council exploring funding options for the water play park.

Cr Landow said while he couldn't speculate on the location of the water play park he hoped residents would provide their ideas when funding was eventually allocated.

"I would like to see it in one of our outlying towns, maybe near a train station," he said.

"But we would take advice from the community when the consultation process is open."

Camden Council's recently completed water park at Elderslie attracts thousands of visitors each week.

Cr Landow said Camden's water park had been a great success.

"You can't get in there - it's always busy," he said.

"You can bet those people are going into town and getting lunch or buying snacks, we need that here.

"It has tourism and economic benefits."

Camden Council will also team up with Greenfields Development Company to construct Macarthur's largest water play space at Oran Park.