Perfect waves year-round, scuba diving and luxury accommodation; it is a local man’s vison for Yeppoon that he hopes will transform central Queensland’s surfing culture.
Aaron Trevis’s Surf Lakes site has already attracted attention from the likes of Mark Occhilupo for its wave-making technology.
The company’s latest development application expands that vision to transform the site with boutique accommodation, a scuba pool, an aquapark and campgrounds to create “the ultimate surf getaway”.
Economic predictions have claimed the finished product will bring $39.4 million to the region each year.
Local tourism and development group Capricorn Enterprise said the development would fill a gap in the regional market.
Under the development application, 52 cabins, 100 caravan or camp sites, a 75-bed boutique hotel and a cafe would be added to the existing wave pool.
A scuba pool, skate park, mountain bike pump track as well as an overflow lake, a village green and a solar farm would also form part of the site.
Surf Lake’s proposal splits the development into two stages with the first focussing on the commercial opening of the wave pool, providing short-term accommodation and establishing the solar fam.
Camp sites and accommodation would be added progressively with the hotel, aqua park, the village green and other major developments forming part of stage two.
A keen surfer, born and bred in Yeppoon, Mr Trevis said he learned to surf at Farnborough Beach in Yeppoon but reached a stage in his life where local breaks just did not cut it.
“There’s plenty of waves there but they’re just not very aggressive waves so they’re easy to learn on,” he said.
“It’s typically wind affect and a bit smaller than Agnes (Waters) and further south.”
Mr Trevis said the region had a big existing surf community that he was hoping to tap into.
“A good day at Farnborough Beach you’ll have 200 four-wheel drives parked up the beach,” he said.
“It’d be amazingly satisfying to build on the surf culture.
Surf Lakes wave pool creates five levels of waves ranging from beginner to professional.
Seq Q Boardriders president and local surfer Mark Korotcoff said the group was excited about the proposal.
“We always like to surf in the ocean but as we know the ocean doesn’t always cooperate,” he said.
“Having a wave pool and being able to access that on a regular basis definitely is going to help young surfers improve and keep everyone else happy when there’s no waves in the ocean.”
Mr Trevis said Surf Lakes also had eyes on an international market and was packaging travel deals for surfers who go overseas.
“You could bring the family up as well … everyone gets waves of their ability,” he said.
“It means you can have a genuine family surfing holiday where everyone wins.
Economic modelling suggests that stage one would generate $22.4 million each year by 2026.
Stage two is expected to increase that output to $39.4 million and support 229 jobs by 2031.
The chief executive of regional tourism and development organisation Capricorn Enterprise, Mary Carroll, said if approved the development could attract a new group of tourists to the Capricorn Coast.
“Wave pools all around the world have attracted a new clientele or visitor market,” she said.
“This is absolutely what would happen in this destination, whereby this wave pool would attract visitors not just domestically but internationally.
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