WA Council Not Amused By Theme Park-Size Backyard Pool Slide
Just days after the Great Escape was finally levelled, another amusement park-sized attraction in Perth is courting controversy.
Not because it’s part of a new water park, but because some bloke has installed it in his backyard.
It all started when Luke Newton came across the massive 3-lane slide and opened his backyard for people to try it out.
Like this thing spans most of Luke’s backyard into his pool.
A picture of it was posted to social media and was soon shared by The Bell Tower Times, a popular local satire page.
Of course, it wasn’t long before the City of Joondalup were involved after a complaint from a resident.
"[the complainant] worried about the potential of serious injuries or death from a large waterslide structure on a Heathridge property," City of Joondalup mayor Albert Jacob told WAtoday.
"The water slide leading into a residential pool – is in breach of building and planning laws, specifically posing a serious safety and wellbeing risk as it provides unrestricted access to the pool.
"The land owner has been told the City would not support the structure in its current form due to the safety risks it poses including uncertainty of the stability of the structure."
However, Luke is getting a lot of support from other locals, including the nameless writer behind the Bell Tower Times.
"People hold on to the nostalgia of Australia being a larrikin and relaxed country, and then getting annoyed that local councils wrap red tape around any such attempt to recreate that vibe," the Bell Tower Times creator said.