Logan whitewater park takes shape in pre-feasibility study

TOURISM DRAWCARD: The venue could host Olympic events but would also be open for recreational purposes.
TOURISM DRAWCARD: The venue could host Olympic events but would also be open for recreational purposes.

A $65 million whitewater adventure park is one step closer for Logan, with a pre-feasibility study recently completed.

The Lucid Economics study shows the park - which would be equipped to host Olympic Games events - would cater to a raft of activities including kayaking, canoeing, guided rafting, swift water rescue training, unguided rafting and tubing and inflatable obstacle courses.

It would also include a restaurant and retail precinct as well as trails, zip lines and challenge courses.

Logan City Council director of strategy and sustainability David Hansen said the project would be an exciting tourism boon for the city and would provide significant economic benefits.

The study was earmarked as a priority under Council's Logan Destination Management Plan 2018-2022.

"This pre-feasibility study is the first phase to see how a project like this would stack up and early indications are that it ticks all the boxes," he said.

"With potential to become an iconic tourism asset for our growing city, the facility could also be adapted as an Olympic venue through the provision of associated spectator and safety infrastructure or used as a training venue for elite athletes."

During the construction phase it is estimated that 147 full time jobs would be created with a further 114 employed once the facility is complete.

A spokesperson said providing a dual channel facility could help to maximise usage and revenue during summer months when elite athletes from the northern hemisphere could train.

"The possibilities are endless and its...location between Gold Coast and Brisbane would attract local residents in the broader region, interstate and international visitors, national and international elite athletes, school groups, corporates and children's parties," Mr Hansen said.

Confirmation by council resolution next week would allow officers to develop a business case and identify a preferred site.