PLANS PROPOSED FOR LINDEMAN ISLAND
ALMOST 30 years to the date the Queensland public took a stand against government plans to revoke Lindeman Island’s national park status, the island is once again in the midst of development negotiations.
Stakeholders are finalising terms of a draft environmental impact statement, set to be released in June this year, for a $600–$700 million overhaul of the former Club Med resort.
While the development is owned by White Horse Australia, Eastview is employed as project manager and Cardno are lead consultants.
Yesterday Eastview director Graham Goldman and Cardno senior planner Catherine Fleming assured APN News and Media that protection of the island’s national park areas would top their agenda.
The original master plan, released in May last year, had proposed a 49-villa eco resort within a national park area.
But Mr Goldman said the idea had been revised to put only “glamping” facilities within the national park.
“We realised (building villas in the national park) wouldn’t go down too well,” Mr Goldman said.
“That’s when the state go- vernment (referring to their draft eco tourism plan) said, ‘Look, we’d really like you to be having something in the national park’. So we said ‘Ok, we can build some glamping in there’.”
He said this would include 16–30 “upmarket tents” and no permanent structures.
The eco resort was shifted into an area technically classified as national park but which had already been developed in the past.
However, the dredging of coral to create a marina remains integral to the plan.
Ms Fleming said the marina would cover six hectares, including an existing dredge channel.
It was not yet known how much coral would be impacted.
Mr Goldman said a research centre “worth a couple of million” was also added to the proposal, to create jobs and raise awareness about the reef environment.
“It might be a centre you can do research on, people can see videos and you can teach kids about the reef,” he said.
The development so far is set to include an upgrade of the existing beach resort, a proposed new six star villas and spas, a new five star eco resort, a new village, glamping facilities, an upgrade of runway and a new departure lounge and a new marina.
POSSIBILITIES: Lindeman Island proposed development.
Source: Master plan.