The man behind a proposed $10 million recreational project near Yeppoon hopes his idea can make waves on the world stage.
Surf Lakes chief executive officer Aaron Trevis is building a 15ha wave pool opposite Mt Jim Crow on Yeppoon Rd which he believes will provide a major tourism and economic boost for central Queensland.
When finished, Mr Trevis said the facility would attract surfers keen to take advantage of waves that could be “turned on like a tap”.
“What we will be able to provide are perfect waves at the push of a button,” Mr Trevis said.
“Perfect waves are sought by surfers all around the world and this facility will be able to guarantee them.”
The $10 million cost of the project is being met by investors and Mr Trevis is confident it will be finished in about 12 months’ time.
If successful, he plans to market the concept on a global scale.
“We have had enquiries from 15 countries, so the interest is certainly there,” Mr Trevis said.
“While it is still a test site at this stage, I believe the Yeppoon proposal will be a real goer and there is then global potential.”
He said the project had the potential to be a major drawcard for central Queensland.
“It’s got real potential to increase the number of tourists who come to central Queensland,” Mr Trevis said.
And, as a “middle-aged surfing tragic”, Mr Trevis plans on tackling a few of the big waves himself.