The old resort has been closed since February 2008 but Tower Holdings is pressing ahead with plans for a replacement. An EIS will determine whether its ambitious proposals can proceed.
The old resort has been closed since February 2008 but Tower Holdings is pressing ahead with plans for a replacement. An EIS will determine whether its ambitious proposals can proceed. JAMES SHRIMPTON

Resort at critical final stage

COMMUNITY consultation will start next month on the critical third and final proposal for a luxury resort on Queensland's Great Keppel Island.

The island's tourism leaseholder, Tower Holdings, confirmed yesterday it had appointed the key consultants to carry out the environmental, cultural and social impact studies which will decide the fate of its plans to breathe new life in Capricornia's tourism industry.

The environmental impact study will report on more than 30 specialist areas.

So far 13 independent consultants have been employed to assess the viability of the $592 million project.

Tower's GKI Resort project manager, Anthony Aiossa, said yesterday the organisation had selected world-class consultancies with a reputation for excellence in their fields.

The EIS will be co-ordinated by CQ Consulting Group, but it will be completed by a specialist organisation drawn from

a wide base. “It is exciting to have the major engagements completed and to see the impressive group of specialists that will be involved,” he said.

“GKI Resort has thoroughly researched each consultancy to be involved and selected world-class consultancies with a reputation for excellence to undertake the huge amount of work that goes into the EIS.”

He said the company wanted to ensure the very best of the best were undertaking the activities rather than one big company.

Additional specialists and independent agencies would be progressively involved to undertake peer reviews as the EIS progressed, he said.

“We are truly committed to getting the very best outcome and while the process will be time and labour-intensive, we will continue to ensure we meet our requirements as laid out in the terms of reference,” said Mr Aiossa.

The company says the resort would create 1400 jobs and boost the local economy by $84 million a year.



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