Logan City Council has commenced an Expression of Interest (EOI) campaign which will test the market for private sector interest in the city’s proposed Olympic-standard whitewater park.
In building a business case for the facility, Council examined delivery models of existing whitewater park operations around the world which found a public-private partnership or joint venture to be the best way forward.
As a result, the EOI will explore options not only for construction and operations investment but also the management of the facility.
Logan City Council Interim Administrator Tamara O’Shea said an EOI campaign was the logical next step after extensive research and planning into the proposed facility over a number of years.
“There has been an evidence-based approach to this exciting project from the outset, Ms O’Shea said.
“The learnings acquired so far, and the feedback we expect from the EOI, will ensure Council is well-placed to make decisions on a Queensland-first facility that has the potential to deliver significant economic and recreational benefits to the city.”
Potential investors, operators and a range of users from elite athletes, governing bodies and emergency services have already shown interest in the project since Council conducted a Pre-Feasibility Study last year.
The proposed Logan Whitewater Park aligns with the Logan Destination Management Plan and priorities in Council’s Corporate Plan.
The business case for the facility also aligns with Building Queensland’s comprehensive Business Case Development Framework.
That allows the project to be considered by the State and Federal governments for funding consideration as an infrastructure proposal.
Logan City Council is a partner to South-East Council of Mayors’ feasibility study into a possible bid for the 2032 Olympic Games.
Facilities such as a world-class whitewater park and the recently renovated $3.3 million Doug Larsen Park Olympic-standard BMX freestyle facility would put the City of Logan well-placed to be involved in any future major sporting events.