La­goon ex­pected to trans­form town’s econ­omy

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - MOR­GAN OSS

A RECRE­ATIONAL la­goon sprawl­ing across 1.5ha is pre­dicted to trans­form Char­ters Tow­ers.

The $ 3 mil­lion de­vel­op­ment is ex­pected to cre­ate dozens of jobs and in­ject $ 2.5 mil­lion into the town’s econ­omy each year.

The la­goon will use cut­tingedge water fil­tra­tion and con­ser­va­tion tech­nol­ogy and will be built by Tar­leton Prop­erty Group at its Ker­now Char­ters Tow­ers site.

Char­ters Tow­ers coun­cil­lors threw their sup­port be­hind the plans at Wed­nes­day night’s Oc­to­ber gen­eral meet­ing.

They were briefed on the la­goon on Tues­day by Tar­leton’s Les Bone and Crys­tal La­goons Ocea­nia re­gional di­rec­tor Ger­man Rocco.

At the meet­ing, Mr Bone said the project would trans­form Char­ters Tow­ers’ econ­omy and over­all life­style.

“There are great ben­e­fits for us ( at Tar­leton) to build this project, and that’s why we are in­ter­ested in in­vest­ing the money, but I be­lieve there are also huge knock- on ef­fects that will trickle down into the town,” Mr Bone said.

“I am so im­pa­tient to get this started … it is go­ing to be a to­tal game- changer.” Mr Bone said construction the la­goon, which would of cost about $ 3 mil­lion, could start as early as April and would take around 12 months.

It will be split into pri­vate and pub­lic sec­tions and be sur­rounded by res­i­dences as well as cafes, restau­rants, bars and other en­ter­tain­ment venues.

At a max­i­mum depth of 2.5m, the la­goon will need to draw around 100ML of water from the coun­cil’s al­lo­ca­tion for its ini­tial fill, and up to 25ML each year.

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