Is­land eco re­treat pro­gress­ing

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Surviving Study Stress - By BRYCE LUFF

A NEW eco re­treat and beach club on Rot­tnest Is­land could be avail­able to tourists as early as Oc­to­ber 2018.

The plan by the Bai­leys Group is to build the is­land’s first glamp­ing (glam­ourous camp­ing) re­sort at Pinky Beach.

It would con­sist of 86 eco-ac­com­mo­da­tion tents, a beach club with food and bev­er­age fa­cil­i­ties, in­clud­ing a cafe and bar, and re­tail space.

A de­vel­op­ment ap­pli­ca­tion for the Pinky’s Eco Re­treat and Beach Club was sub­mit­ted to the Rot­tnest Is­land Author­ity (RIA), which ad­ver­tised the plan for 21 days.

The pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion pe­riod closed on Sun­day, with the RIA ex­pected to dis­cuss the pro­posal at a board meet­ing this month.

Pinky’s Beach di­rec­tor Tim Crosland said tourists could be us­ing the re­sort from Oc­to­ber 2018 “if a pos­i­tive de­ci­sion is made by the (RIA) board later this month and all goes to plan”.

“Should it re­ceive board ap­proval, Pinky’s Eco Re­treat will be the first new ac­com­mo­da­tion to be built on the is­land in about 30 years,” he said.

“There have been sev­eral projects come and go over that time but none have come to fruition.

“Eco tourism is on the rise in­ter­na­tion­ally, so we be­lieve Pinky’s will be ex­tremely mar­ketable to in­ter­state and international vis­i­tors.

“Be­cause Pinky Beach is a stun­ning lo­ca­tion, we ex­pect that be­ing able to stay near the beach, tucked in be­hind the sand dunes and close to na­ture, it will have broad ap­peal.”

A RIA spokes­woman said more than 200 sub­mis­sions made dur­ing the con­sul­ta­tion pe­riod would be col­lated and sub­mit­ted to the board for con­sid­er­a­tion, although she could not con­firm it would be dis­cussed this month.

“Fol­low­ing con­di­tional ap­proval, the time­frame for con­struc­tion is up to the ap­pli­cant,” she said.

The fa­cil­ity is ex­pected to pro­vide full-time jobs for 40 peo­ple and at­tract an ad­di­tional 17,000 vis­i­tors to Rot­tnest Is­land an­nu­ally.

Mr Crosland said the pro­ject cost was “com­mer­cially con­fi­den­tial”.

An artist im­pres­sion of a Pinky's Eco Re­treat eco tent.

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