$100m re­sort for El­lis Beach moves a ma­jor step closer

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - Madi­son Wil­liams

CON­STRUC­TION of a lux­ury eco-re­sort at El­lis Beach could start next year af­ter the $100 mil­lion pro­ject cleared an­other hur­dle.

The Cap­tain Cook High­way hol­i­day ac­com­mo­da­tion has been in the pipe­lines for about a decade and yes­ter­day re­ceived ap­proval from Cairns Re­gional Coun­cil.

It will con­sist of 221 rooms cater­ing to a range of bud­gets that will be built over eight stages, with the first be­ing a three-storey mo­tel at the El­lis Beach Bar and Grill site, which will be re­fur­bished and in­cor­po­rated into the re­sort.

Pro­ject di­rec­tor Stephen Har­ri­son has de­scribed the green light from coun­cil as “a big step in the right di­rec­tion”.

It comes at a good time as new fig­ures from Ho­tels.com re­veal that Port Dou­glas recorded the sharpest in­crease in ho­tel prices at 12 per cent in 2015. Vis­i­tors to Port Dou­glas paid, on av­er­age $200 per night, $17 above the na­tional av­er­age for a ho­tel room.

The re­sort will cre­ate 250 full time equiv­a­lent jobs over the two-year con­struc­tion phase, which Mr Har­ri­son ten­ta­tively pegged to start in 2017.

He likened it to the Thala Beach Na­ture Re­serve fur­ther north near Port Dou­glas.

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