Old site for new resort
THE company behind a $583 million revamp of Lindeman Island is concerned about public “misconceptions” over the development proposed.
Just one week into a six-week consultation period for the Lindeman Great Barrier Reef Resort Project Draft Environmental Impact Statement, the National Parks Association of Queensland has called for the Queensland Government to reject the development proposal outright because it involves revoking 36.9 hectares of national park, and potentially destabilises the future of other national parks.
But White Horse Australia Lindeman chief executive Paul Nyholt said it was vital the public understood that the majority of the land – purchased from the former Club Med Resort in 2012 after previous owners closed it – had already been used commercially and still housed infrastructure from the late 1990s.
“What’s misleading, and what many people may not realise, is that the resort would be developed on the old Club Med site, not pristine park land,” Mr Nyholt said, adding that the developers actually wanted to give 34.7 hectares of current perpetual and long-term leasehold back to National Parks, reducing the overall resort site from 138.17 hectares to 113.78 hectares.
Nonetheless, NPAQ Conservation Officer Laura Hahn said protected areas were under siege.
“Once you start cutting off bits of national park here and there, it opens the door to widespread acceptance of development in protected areas,” she said.
“This is the thin edge of the wedge.”
All interested parties are encouraged to have their say at statedevelopment. qld.gov.au/ lindeman.
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PARKS DEBATE: An artist’s impression of the proposed resort redevelopment on Lindeman Island.