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Councillors delay decision to shut down Flow Rider

City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder councillors have held off making a decision about closing the Goldfields Oasis’ Flow Rider, the State’s only powered surfing machine.

Councillors at this week’s meeting unanimously approved the all-purpose committee recommendation to seek further information on other attractions which could be provided at the recreation centre if the Flow Rider was shut down.

The all-purpose committee did not endorse Oasis manager Cheye Hill’s proposal to close the attraction and review its long-term future.

In his report to the committee, Mr Hill said the Flow Rider had been at the recreation centre since 2008 but had an annual operating loss of $130,000.

He said another $50,000 need-ed to be spent on immediate maintenance so it could be safely used.

Mr Hill said the side padding was coming away from the wall and folding onto the ride’s surface, which itself had significant wear patches where users entered the ride.

He said the strategic purpose of the powered surfing machine was to attract people aged 14-24 and tourists to the recreation centre.

Mr Hill said it had 3000-3500 individual uses each year — 0.6 per cent of total centre attendees.

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