A Mount Druitt entrepreneur hopes to bring fun back into western Sydney by developing a new theme park.
Urban Estate Development managing director Ammar Khan released his plans to Fairfax Media's St Marys- Mount Druitt Star last week to develop Sydney’s newest theme park called Sydney’s Wonderland.
His dream for the project includes multi-themed attractions and amusements, hotels operations, cinemas and restaurants as part of the first stage.
Mr Khan said it has the potential for expansion to include a golf course and become a live music venue in future stages.
He’s currently taking expressions of interest from potential stakeholders and investors.
‘‘The location is yet to be finalised, pending stakeholder interest,’’ he said.
‘‘We’re looking towards either Marsden Park or Eastern Creek. I want to replicate various aspects of the previous Wonderland site.’’
Mr Khan worked at the previous Wonderland Sydney fun park at Eastern Creek for nine years in various tole right up until the day it closed in 2004.
The park was the largest one in the southern hemisphere and operated for almost 19 years.
Mr Khan has been working on his plan ever since.
A feasibility study has costed the park $150 million and the planing stage would take three to five years.
‘‘My first step is to sharpen up the business model and go to back to potential stakeholders I’ve previously gone to, now that I have the resources to make it happen,’’ Mr Khan said.
‘‘The interest is stronger than ever before.’’
He said the plans aren’t in competition with Wet n Wild, which opens in Prospect this year.
The aim is to create a fun amusement destination and bring laughter to Sydney tourism.
‘‘It’s time to bring back the fun in our lives and provide a vibrant place where people can enjoy themselves again,’’ he said.
“Stakeholders will enjoy not just upfront development returns, but also long term growth in what is anticipated to be an ever-growing opportunity.”
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