WORK TO START ON NEW RESORT

$70 mil­lion project on Shin­g­ley Drive

Whitsunday Times - - FRONT PAGE -

WORK is about to start on a new luxury resort on Shin­g­ley Drive in Air­lie Beach.

Pre­lim­i­nary clear­ing works started this week on what is planned to be known as ONE Whit­sun­days Resort and Spa.

The $70 mil­lion project is to be built between Ma­rina Shores and Shin­g­ley Beach Resort on land which was once planned to be de­vel­oped by model and so­cialite Ivana Trump.

Con­struc­tion is ex­pected to start be­fore Christ­mas and be com­pleted by the end of 2016.

ONE Whit­sun­days CEO John Zap­pia and the resort’s devel­op­ment gen­eral man­ager An­thony Leen­ders met Whit­sun­day Re­gional Coun­cil Mayor Jen­nifer Whit­ney on site this week.

Mr Zap­pia, who is based in Syd­ney, said he would like to em­ploy as many lo­cal trades- peo­ple as pos­si­ble dur­ing con­struc­tion.

He said the Ivana Trump devel­op­ment was go­ing to be su­per-luxury apart­ments and that the cur­rent de­vel­op­ers had ob­tained the orig­i­nal blue­prints.

How­ever, they had been changed to suit the cur­rent mar­ket and var­i­ous types of in­vestors, he said.

Mr Leen­ders de­scribed the resort as the most sig­nif­i­cant new devel­op­ment in our re­gion since the GFC and said it would be 5 star.

It is ex­pected to take about two years to de­velop and the boutique resort com­plex will com­prise 75 strata ti­tled apart­ments of 1, 2 and 3 bed­rooms.

Ac­cord­ing to the de­vel­op­ers, prices will range from $395,000 up to $3.2 mil­lion for one of two lux­u­ri­ous pen- thouses over­look­ing 270 de­grees of un­ob­structed views. The resort will in­clude a sta­teof-the-art spa, gym, con­fer­ence cen­tre and part geo­met­ric, part la­goon-style pool with views out to the ma­rina and the Coral Sea.

Mayor Whit­ney said she was look­ing for­ward to the job op­por­tu­ni­ties the new resort would bring.

“I’m always keen to see economic devel­op­ment in the re­gion and happy to work with de­vel­op­ers in achiev­ing this won­der­ful re­sult and the job cre­ation this will have for the re­gion,” she said.

Mr Zap­pia said a ma­jor draw­card would be the exclusive con­fer­ence room that would be able to host up to 300.

“There’s def­i­nitely a hole in the mar­ket and this will gen­er­ate mid-week ac­tiv­ity,” he said.

LUXURY: An artist’s im­pres­sion of the $70 mil­lion resort to be built on Shin­g­ley Drive.

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