Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

SLIDE SLIP UP ... ...'Council Shafted Us'

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

SLIDE SLIP UP ... ...'Council Shafted Us'

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Byline: Kathy Sundstrom

THE founder of a popular water slide company doubts he will consider coming to the Sunshine Coast after being "shafted" in favour of the doomed Monster Slide.

Stuart Harris, of City Slider, said he had looked at bringing his 325 metre water slide to Caloundra before New Zealand's Monster Slide made a bid earlier this year.

City Slider has hosted successful water slide events across Australia, including in Tasmania, Ipswich and Kuranda.

Monster Slide cancelled its Caloundra event days before it was due to happen in May, leaving ticket holders out of pocket.

Its organisers said the event would happen in September, but even this is now off the cards.

Mr Harris said he warned the council this would happen.

He said he had visited Caloundra, met with the Chamber of Commerce and was formulating a proposal to bring City Slider to the region when he was pipped at the post.

"I was approached by the council initially, we were the first company they contacted," he said.

"I was putting together the application paperwork and then I was told Monster Slide had put in an application from New Zealand even though they hadn't seen the street or anyone in the council.

"I was told the council would assess theirs first.

The council has denied Mr Harris's application was first saying the council had received a "temporary event application from Monster Slide well before City Slider's application was received".

Mr Harris sent the council officers and each councillor the background information on Monster Slide and the difficulties its events had been having in other areas.

Mr Harris didn't get a response.

"I emailed all the councillors and staff showing their history and saying this event would not go ahead," he said.

"I told them to look at their history and then look at our track record. …

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