New plans un­veiled for Port Dou­glas Re­sort

Inside Golf - - Industry News -

A HAR­BOUR­SIDE re­sort, a mod­ernised golf course and a bou­tique shop­ping plaza form part of a de­vel­oper’s $120 mil­lion plan to re­vive Port Dou­glas as a lead­ing world-class hol­i­day haven.

The re­de­vel­op­ment of the Sher­a­ton Mirage would in­clude a re­fur­bish­ment of the re­sort’s rooms and main sec­tions, the con­struc­tion of the Great Bar­rier Reef Arts and Ex­hi­bi­tion Fo­rum and an out­door am­phithe­atre as a unique arts space.

New owner David Mar­riner pre­sented his vi­sion to about 200 peo­ple at Port Dou­glas last month end­ing six months of spec­u­la­tion.

His pro­posal, which hinges on $18 mil­lion fund­ing from each of the State and Fed­eral gov­ern­ments over five years for in­fra­struc­ture de­vel­op­ment re­ceived an over­whelm­ingly sup­port­ive re­sponse from his au­di­ence.

Ex­pected to take two years to com­plete, plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tions are al­most ready to go as soon as the State and Fed­eral gov­ern­ments com­mit to fund­ing $18 mil­lion each over five years.

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