De­vel­oper ex­cited for next stage

Whitsunday Times - - FRONT PAGE -

THE $600 mil­lion re­de­vel­op­ment of Lin­de­man Is­land cleared its first hur­dle this week, with the Queens­land Gov­ern­ment grant­ing the pro­posal “co-or­di­nated project sta­tus”.

White Horse Australia Lin­de­man CEO Paul Ny­holt said the com­pany was de­lighted to have been granted co-or­di­nated project sta­tus.

“We are look­ing for­ward to work­ing closely with the Co­or­di­na­tor Gen­eral’s of­fice to ful­fil our obligations and de­liver a world-class tourism as­set for Queens­land,” Mr Ny­holt said.

“The project will com­mence as soon as all rel­e­vant ap­provals are in place.”

The dec­la­ra­tion of co-or­di­nated project sta­tus means state and fed­eral gov­ern­ment agen­cies will have in­put into the devel­op­ment’s En­vi­ron­men­tal Im­pact State­ment process.

The Co-or­di­na­tor Gen­eral is ex­pected to re­lease draft terms of ref­er­ence for the EIS for public con­sul­ta­tion in the next few weeks.

The EIS process could take up to 18 months.

State Devel­op­ment Min­is­ter An­thony Lyn­ham said the grant­ing of co-or­di­nated project sta­tus marked the be­gin­ning of a process which could lead to the cre­ation of more than 800 con­struc­tion jobs a year over a four-year con­struc­tion pe­riod.

The devel­op­ment will see the cre­ation of a new five-star beach re­sort, six-star spa re- sort, five-star eco re­sort and tourist vil­las com­pris­ing a to­tal of 335 suites, and a cen­tral vil­lage precinct, along with an up­grade of the ex­ist­ing pri­vate airstrip and con­struc­tion of a safe har­bour with a 50- berth ma­rina.

En­vi­ron­men­tal work will in­clude a Great Bar­rier Reef ed­u­ca­tional cen­tre, na­ture re­serves and veg­e­ta­tion re­plant­ing and coral plant­ing pro­grams.

LUX­U­RI­OUS: An artist's im­pres­sion of the $600m up­grade to Lin­de­man Is­land re­sort.

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