Jun­gle boost

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - BUSINESS - Rod Kil­ner

JUN­GLE Lodge at Cape Tribu­la­tion has re­ceived a boost with a Fed­eral Government Grant for more than $200,000.

It is one of 65 tourism projects na­tion­wide to share in $13.1 mil­lion in Fed­eral Government fund­ing un­der the Tourism Re­gional Devel­op­ment Fund Grants pro­gram.

The lodge’s eco-ac­com­mo­da­tion will re­ceive more than $212,000 to fur­ther de­velop its fa­cil­i­ties.

Ocean Sa­fari own­ers Peter and Jan Clax­ton bought Jun­gle Lodge in Oc­to­ber last year with a vi­sion to en­hance the ex­ist­ing fa­cil­i­ties and de­velop the prop­erty into a rain­for­est re­treat.

The grant will help the devel­op­ment of 10 self-suf­fi­cient eco-friendly cab­ins, com­plete with so­lar pan­els, to com­ple­ment the ex­ist­ing 20 pow­ered camp sites.

The semi-per­ma­nent cab­ins will hopefully at­tract a a wider range of vis­i­tors by of­fer­ing higher qual­ity ac­com­mo­da­tion op­tions.

Work will also be un­der­taken on ex­isit­ing fa­cil­i­ties, in­clud­ing the ameni­ties block, man­ager’s res­i­dence, laun­dry and com­mu­nal bar­be­cue area.

‘‘Jun­gle Lodge and the Broad­walk Cafe are in the per­fect lo­ca­tion, only 400 me­tres from the beach, where our Ocean Sa­fari tours to the Great Bar­rier Reef de­part from,’’ Mr Clax­ton said.

‘‘We see each of the prod­ucts com­ple­ment­ing each other and with the ad­di­tion of a few more ad­ven­ture ac­tiv­i­ties, we en­vis­age a base for a pop­u­lar new tourism precinct.’’

The Clax­tons also own and op­er­ate the pop­u­lar Whitsunday tour Ocean Raft­ing which won the 2012 Aus­tralian Tourism award for tours.

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