BIG PLANS AFOOT FOR LINDEMAN
Lindeman to put Qld on China radar
TYCOON William Han plans a China-wide billboard blitz promoting Queensland if he gets the green light to build a $583 million luxury complex with three resorts, a village and “glamping” on Lindeman Island, in the Whitsundays.
The China-based media mogul has publicly released a detailed masterplan of the long anticipated revamp of the Cyclone Debbie-damaged, and badly run-down former Club Med resort he bought for $12m five years ago.
The White Horse chairman exclusively told The Courier-Mail on Monday he had finances to start building mid-next year if his project won approval under the ongoing environmental impact study process.
“It has been a very long process,” Mr Han said.
“But I’m very relaxed about it now and, if it gets approved, we’ll go ahead and do it.”
Mr Han said his investment was a “vote of confidence” in the future of the Whitsundays as a tourist destination after Cyclone Debbie devastated Hayman Island and Daydream Island resorts three months ago.
“Australia is a lucky country, yes, there is the threat of cyclones, but these sorts of decisions are a vote for the future,” he said.
The Australian mining investor, who heads one of China’s biggest media and advertising empires, plans to promote Queensland and the Whitsundays through his audience reach of 200 million people in 25 cities.
The new-look Lindeman Great Barrier Reef Resort includes a six-star spa resort, two five-star resorts, two villa precincts, a village with bars, restaurants and shops, pools, an upgraded airport and a rebuilt jetty.
There are also plans for a 30-tent “glamping” facility in an adjoining national park.
White Horse Australia chief Paul Nyholt said the final hurdle of a 30-day public notification and environmental approval process was likely to take at least four months.
“It’s been a hard slog,” Mr Nyholt said.
He said that, given the green light, the new Lindeman Island resort would open by late 2021.
LUXURIOUS: An artist’s impression of the upgrade to Lindeman Island resort.