The much-loved Stoney Aqua Park is going to be back bigger and better for the September school holidays with the post-flood rebuild well on track for completion.
The aftermath of the March 2021 floods left all 10 of the holiday park cabins as well as the front office, staff quarters, kiosk and the manager's residence damaged and in need of repair.
The inflatable equipment was also spread across the park and onto neighbouring properties by the flood water.
"We weren't able to access the park for the first week, but when we got in there it was all damaged," owner Jason Stone said.
"The water just came right over the top and wiped it out. It was a hard pill to swallow at first because of the extent of the damage."
The Stoney Park man-made lakes were built in 2000, just after Jason and his family moved to the area, and offered a range of waterski and wakeboarding fun for locals and visitors before the inflatable aqua park was built in 2017.
"We've had a couple of big floods in the past 20 years, but nothing to this extent," Jason said.
"It was just a deluge that washed everything away."
The last few months have been busy spent on the rebuild of the holiday park facilities and the aqua park.
"Something so unfortunate did turn very positive with all of the help and support from local volunteer organisations and the community.
"We had friends in town coming out to lend a hand because they knew how badly we had been impacted."
All of the aqua park equipment, once located, had to be untangled and cleaned before being checked.
"We were fortunate that a lot of the aqua park gear wasn't destroyed and there was only a handful of of parts that couldn't be repaired.
"We've pumped it all back up and it's now ready for the reinstall."
The majority of the work over the past few months was spent on the holiday park buildings.
"All of the cabins had to be stripped and cleaned. We've also used the opportunity to refurbish the cabins and update them before we reopen."
Jason said the rebuild is on track and the park will be up and running for the September school holidays.
"We're on target to reopen in September and we're actually a bit ahead of schedule," he said.
"There's a big team out here everyday getting everything ready and helping us, it's been really incredible.
"We want people to know that we'll be back. The light at the end of the tunnel is a lot brighter now."
Updates regarding the reopening of the Stoney Aqua and Holiday Park will be posted to their Facebook page.
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