Water­son Way is in spot­light again

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

ONE of the Whit­sun­days’ most con­tro­ver­sial pieces of land could soon be up for sale again.

Whit­sun­day Re­gional Coun­cil is seek­ing ex­pres­sions of in­ter­est (EOI) on the 2.1hectare piece of land on Water­son Way in the heart of Air­lie Beach.

The land was for­merly un­der con­tract to Whit­sun­day Chi­na­town In­vest­ments Pty Ltd and was ear­marked for a po­ten­tial $300 mil­lion ‘Chi­na­town’ de­vel­op­ment.

Coun­cil voted to ter­mi­nate the con­tract ear­lier this year after the de­vel­oper, Peter ‘Ray­mond’ Wang, had failed to meet con­trac­tual re­quire­ments.

Mayor An­drew Will­cox said the coun­cil would be proac­tive in ex­plor­ing new op­tions for the site.

“Coun­cil is tak­ing a proac­tive ap­proach to tak­ing the Water­son Way land out to ex­pres­sions of in­ter­est and is open minded to op­tions and op­por­tu­ni­ties which may arise from the new ten­der process to de­liver the best pos­si­ble out­come for the Whit­sun­days re­gion,” he said.

Cr Will­cox, who used his cast­ing vote in the last term of coun­cil to ter­mi­nate the pre­vi­ous con­tract, said he had been ready for the site to be up for sale “for a while”.

“If you’re com­mit­ted to try and sell some­thing which will help to de­velop the com­mu­nity, if it doesn’t work out for one player then you want to find some­thing else,” he said.

Cr Will­cox said the ideal out­come would be a mix­ture of busi­ness, ac­com­mo­da­tion and en­ter­tain­ment and he thought lo­cals would agree.

“Lo­cals would be happy to see more in­fras­truc­ture and more things hap­pen­ing in Air­lie,” he said.

EOI will be mar­keted na­tion­ally and is cur­rently on www.lgten­der­box.com.au.

NEW BEGIN­NINGS: Mayor An­drew Will­cox stand­ing be­side the land on Water­son Way that is out for EOI’s again.

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