New South Wales (NSW) in south-eastern Australia is set to welcome two new waterparks into the region, thanks to government funding.

The facilities will be centred on accessibility and inclusivity. They will be built from natural materials and made so they can be used all-year round. The parks will be free to enter and based on education and interactivity.

Two facilities will be built at Thirlmere and The Oaks. The planned waterparks are to receive $840,000 in funding from the NSW government’s Resources for Regions program.

The site at The Oaks will be the recipient of $770,000 for its design and construction. The facility in Thirlmere will receive $70,000 for its design and build.

Ben Taylor, Wollondilly Council chief executive, shared thanks for the Department of Regional NSW for the funding: “There has been a lot of community interest in the idea of water play options in the Wollondilly shire, so it is great to be able to move ahead to deliver these facilities,” he said.

“As well as giving families a way to cool off in the hot summer months, the water play facilities will provide an opportunity for locals to reconnect after the recent COVID-19 lockdown.

“I’d like to thank the mayor and councillors for their vision in making this happen for our community,” Taylor continued.