En­vi­ropark eyes Chi­nese

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - BUSINESS - PAUL MIL­TON BUT­LER

MOW­BRAY Falls En­vi­ropark manag­ing direc­tor Hi­lary Khun has re­turned from a search of China for in­vestors with a del­e­ga­tion of lead­ing Aus­tralian tourism au­thor­i­ties.

The pro­posed en­vi­ropark is an en­vi­ron­men­tally sus­tain­able eco­tourism de­vel­op­ment which aims to build 50 vil­las and 40 apart­ments at Mow­bray Falls, 30 min­utes from Port Dou­glas.

Ms Khun said get­ting in­vestors to put their money into Far North Queens­land is a real ob­sta­cle be­cause there is a strong per­cep­tion the re­gion is a dis­as­ter zone.

In a re­cent visit to Shang­hai, in China, Ms Kuhn said she was buoyed by the pos­i­tive re­sponse from po­ten­tial Chi­nese in­vestors as part of a Tourism Aus­tralia and Austrade del­e­ga­tion with the Fed­eral Min­is­ter for Tourism Martin Fer­gu­son.

“The del­e­ga­tion was a very well or­gan­ised and ef­fec­tive in­tro­duc­tion to Chi­nese in­vestors as a fol­low-up to the launch of the Tourism In­vest­ment Op­por­tu­ni­ties Data­base by Tourism Aus­tralia and Austrade last month,” Ms Kuhn said.

“I was one of 10 Aus­tralian en­trepreneurs seek­ing in­vest­ment for tourism projects.”

While in Shang­hai, Ms Kuhn joined with Mr Fer­gu­son in a round-ta­ble dis­cus­sion on the cli­mate for in­vest­ment in tourism in Aus­tralia.

Rep­re­sen­ta­tives of Tourism Aus­tralia and Austrade based in China and Aus­tralia or­gan­ised in­ter­preters dur­ing the roundta­bles, pre­sen­ta­tions and meet­ings and the Mow­bray Falls En­vi­ropark plans were well re­ceived by the Chi­nese in­vestors who were at­tracted by its mer­its Ms Kuhn said.

“Mow­bray Falls En­vi­ropark gained the at­ten­tion of over 50 per cent of the Chi­nese in­vestors and dis­cus­sions are on­go­ing,” Ms Kuhn said.

“It ap­pears th­ese Chi­nese in­vestors are at­tracted to the clean and green im­age of Aus­tralia with a par­tic­u­lar pref­er­ence for our trop­i­cal re­gions.”

Mow­bray Falls En­vi­ropark is an ap­proved day and overnight vis­i­tor at­trac­tion near Mow­bray Falls and Gorge and it is planned to be a sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment that will de­liver hospi­tal­ity without cost to the en­vi­ron­ment.

“All our de­sign and plan­ning ad­heres to the prin­ci­ples of sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment with our master plan based on en­vi­ron­men­tal au­dits and all en­ergy gen­er­ated from re­new­able re­sources,” Ms Kuhn said.

“It is heart­en­ing the Chi­nese in­vestors are at­tracted to this paradigm of de­vel­op­ment.”

Big sell: Mow­bray Falls owner Hi­lary Kuhn meet­ing with po­ten­tial Chi­nese in­vestors

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