Feeling stressed, cranky, or a bit pent up?
Wagga residents will soon be able to take out their frustrations on some empty bottles or household crockery - without any repercussions and without having to clean up.
A local couple is setting up a "smash shack" on Edward Street where people can, for a fee, spend a session smashing up objects with a baseball bat.
Nathaniel Raine said he came up with the idea around Christmas time, and after doing some research, he decided it would be an experience that would benefit Wagga.
"I think it was having all the COVID stuff going on. I was getting stressed out, and I know a lot of my friends were getting stressed out as well," he said.
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"I thought surely I am not the only one who needs to blow off some steam.
"With Wagga having more than 60,000 people, I thought there has to be a market."
The development application has been approved, and Mr Raine is in the final stages of safety compliance checks.
He said residents and visitors would soon be able to come in, get dressed up in protective gear and "go wild".
"They break it, and we clean it up," Mr Raine said. "It's important to have experiences in Wagga as it will be a tourist draw.
"People won't just come here and spend money to do this. They will get lunch or dinner, and if they are from out of town, they will buy fuel. So it should bring a boost to Wagga."
Mr Raine said as the city grows in population, people would start to look for more activities that are more than going for a meal somewhere.
"The closest one seems to be Canberra, so people in Griffith, Albury and other towns might be keen to check it out," he said.
"At the moment, Wagga has a cinema, a bowling alley and paintball, but I think people want more.
"It feels like we have a thousand cafes and restaurants, but it's time for a smash shack."
Mr Raine said he and his partner Shannon are at the point where they want to work for themselves if they can.
He said while the business venture might not work, it was worth taking a leap of faith.
"I think I would kick myself in 40 years if I didn't try," Mr Raine said.
"You can make money back, but you can't get time back, so we want to have a crack and see if we can build something."
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