Waiting game on plans for Brampton Island resort
IF you've been wondering what type of redevelopment might take place on Mackay's beloved Brampton Island, don't hold your breath.
Answers will not be forthcoming any time soon.
New owners United Petroleum, who purchased the island resort late in 2010, lodged a development application with Mackay Regional Council last year.
A council representative advised at the time that council had forwarded the application to a number of referral agencies for comment before they could make a decision.
In November, Mackay Regional Council director of development services Kevin Jefferies said the applicant had two months left to provide information to the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection.
United Petroleum now needs more time to respond.
Mr Jefferies said this week that the applicant had requested an extension of time to respond to a request for additional information from referral agencies.
Mr Jeffries said the applicant was permitted to do so, and state agencies had agreed to the request.
United Petroleum now has until July 11 to respond to the information request.
Though no clear details regarding the proposed development have been provided since the island closed on
January 24, 2011, there have been whispers of a five, or even six-star redevelopment offering a "holiday experience equal to the finest resorts in the world" which would "particularly compete with boutique high-end resorts in the Asia-Pacific region".
The Daily Mercury contacted United Petroleum's Melbourne office for comment again yesterday, but no further information was provided.