IS­LAND DREAMS

Up­grade tak­ing ad­van­tage of growth in tourism in­fra­struc­ture

The Cairns Post - - FRONT PAGE - ALI­CIA NALLY ali­cia.nally@news.com.au

FITZROY Is­land Re­sort is ready to un­dergo a mul­ti­mil­lion-dol­lar facelift and changes to its of­fer­ings over the next year.

Man­ag­ing direc­tor Doug Gam­ble said the Cairns tourism op­er­a­tion would spend $2.5 mil­lion re­fur­bish­ing the re­sort’s ac­com­mo­da­tion, had added a cata­ma­ran to its fleet and pur­chased a half share in the Cairns Dive Cen­tre op­er­a­tions on the is­land.

“It is an ex­cit­ing pe­riod of growth for our lo­cally-owned com­pany, which will gen­er­ate ad­di­tional jobs for the com­mu­nity and pro­vide a boost to lo­cal sup­pli­ers and con­trac­tors,” Mr Gam­ble said.

“The $2.5 mil­lion re­fur­bish­ment will be rolled out grad­u­ally over the next 12 months so there will be no dis­rup­tion to guests.

“It will give the re­sort a new lighter, con­tem­po­rary styling with blue and white ac­cents to re­flect the spec­tac­u­lar ocean sur­rounds of Fitzroy Is­land,” he said.

“We have bought a 50 per cent share of the Cairns Dive Cen­tre op­er­a­tions on the is­land and will work with co-owner, lo­cal tourism iden­tity Peter Boundy, to of­fer fresh Reef ex­pe­ri­ences.

“Is­lands and sail­ing go handin-hand and we will soon pro­vide day trips around the is­land and sun­set cruises on the 16m cata­ma­ran Eye Spy.

“Cairns is un­der­go­ing a solid pe­riod of growth with ma­jor in­vest­ment in tourism in­fra­struc­ture, so the tim­ing is right for our com­pany to in­vest in the fu­ture and en­sure Fitzroy Is­land Re­sort con­tin­ues to ex­cite.”

Mr Gam­ble said gen­eral man­ager Tim Moloney would con­tinue to man­age the re­sort.

For­mer gen­eral man­ager Glen Macdon­ald, who man­aged Fitzroy Is­land Re­sort for six years, has been ap­pointed to the new role of chief ex­ec­u­tive with the re­spon­si­bil­ity of over­see­ing the ex­pan­sion.

Pop­u­lar among tourists, Fitzroy Is­land is a 45-minute boat ride from Cairns and is home to Nudey Beach, Aus­tralian’s best beach in 2018.

The is­land is also home to the vol­un­teer-run Cairns Tur­tle Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion Cen­tre.

Pic­ture: BRENDAN RADKE

EX­PER­TISE: Glen Macdon­ald has been named as Fitzroy Is­land Re­sort's new chief ex­ec­u­tive.

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