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PCYC disappointed by Slide City as not a cent comes through

GET IN LINE: People line up in Yeppoon for O’Shea’s City Slide Australia. INSET: PCYC President Greg Jones
GET IN LINE: People line up in Yeppoon for O’Shea’s City Slide Australia. INSET: PCYC President Greg Jones Trinette Stevens Roktslide

WHEN Yeppoon PCYC president Greg Jones agreed to help out O'Shea's Slide City in September, he thought they would be receiving 10% of the profits.

Now, almost four months on, Mr Jones says the not-for-profit organisation hasn't seen a cent.

"The promise was that we supply volunteers and work all day, and we get a fair percentage out of it," he said.

"I have given up. We have gotten nothing."

The slide event has been a point of controversy since it was held, with many customers demanding refunds after the equipment failed and much of the day was run with only one working slide.

Members of the community even pitched in on the day with their own backyard water-hoses to keep the ride functional.

Mr Jones said the PCYC contributed 10 paid workers and 12 volunteers on the day to the company.

"For my time, you know, whatever. But you don't want to burn out your volunteers," he said.

"I have emailed (O'Shea's), left messages on their phone.

"There was no contract with them... it was one of those things, you do it in good faith."

The organisation president said it was the uniqueness of the event which initially drew his attention, but it hasn't destroyed his trust.

Mr Jones said he was trying to move on from the disappointment, and was focusing on organising the upcoming Chilli Fest.

"The slide was a good idea but unfortunately it didn't work out," he said.

"I have too much on at the moment just to do anything about that.

"It reflects on me, I organised the whole thing and put my faith into it and it blew up in my face. I won't be using them again, put it that way."

O'Shea's Slide City owner Brian O'Shea said the company would be making a donation to Yeppoon PCYC "soon".

"It's just been a long process of sorting out who's who and the total returned," he said yesterday.

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