Chance to have a say

Com­ment open on Lin­de­man

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

LO­CAL res­i­dents are in­vited to have their say about the is­sues an en­vi­ron­men­tal im­pact study (EIS) on the re­de­vel­op­ment of Lin­de­man Is­land will have to ad­dress.

The Co-or­di­na­tor-Gen­eral re­leased draft terms of ref­er­ence for the EIS on Fri­day for the pro­posed $600 mil­lion re­de­vel­op­ment of the is­land re­sort.

Lin­de­man is the first "co-or­di­nated project” de­clared in Queens­land in 18 months, which means both State and Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment agen­cies have in­put into the EIS process.

State Devel­op­ment Min­is­ter An­thony Lyn­ham said Lin­de­man Is­land was within the Great Bar­rier Reef World Her­itage Area and the EIS would there­fore be sub­ject to “de­tailed scru­tiny and full public con­sul­ta­tion”.

"When the re­sort is in full swing, it could main­tain 300 on­go­ing op­er­a­tional jobs and has the po­ten­tial to re­vive the cy­clone-bat­tered is­land geta- way as an in­te­grated re­sort with five precincts,” he said.

"We are a job fo­cussed gov­ern­ment, but all projects need to go through com­pre­hen­sive as­sess­ments of envi- ron­men­tal, so­cial and eco­nomic mat­ters."

Whit­sun­days Mar­ket­ing and Devel­op­ment Ltd (WMDL) has wel­comed the re­de­vel­op­ment pro­posal with its ex­ec­u­tive direc­tor Jeff Aquilina say­ing it would at­tract many ad­di­tional vis­i­tors to the Whit­sun­days and gen­er­ate hun­dreds of jobs.

The draft terms of refe- rence are avail­able for com­ment un­til July 3 and can be viewed on­line at stat­ede­vel­op­­de­man or al­ter­na­tively in hard copy at the Can­non­vale li­brary.

TIME TO COM­MENT: An artist’s im­pres­sion of the pro­posed re­sort re­de­vel­op­ment on Lin­de­man Is­land.

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