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Petition to save Airlie Aqua Park

By Mark Beale

MORE than 3000 people have signed either an online version or hard copy of a petition to save the Boathaven Beach Airlie Aqua Park.

Aqua Park owner Jason Ford opened the park last week amid threats of legal action from nearby residents believed to be concerned about their loss of amenity and views.

In its first week of operation, the park, which is one of two approved by Council for Airlie Beach, has seen close to 3000 people making a splash.

Mr Ford said feedback from his customers and supporters from far and wide had been great.

“People are saying it’s absolutely crazy that anyone wouldn’t want it here,” he said.

Last Friday, Mr Ford received a legal letter saying action would be taken if he did not respond by close of business this Tuesday.

“But I’m not in a position financially to respond,” he said.

“And I sincerely hope Council shows the support they’ve pledged and I hope we can sort this out sooner rather than later.

“I believe I should be left out of the fight. I’ve followed the rules – it’s the land-holders versus Council and sanity should prevail.”

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