Proposal switches Lindeman Island villas for glamping
ALMOST 30 years to the date the Queensland public took a stand against government plans to revoke Lindeman Island's national park status, the island is once again in the midst of development negotiations.
Stakeholders are finalising terms of a draft environmental impact statement, set to be released in June this year, for a $600-$700 million overhaul of the former Club Med resort.
While the development is owned by White Horse Australia, Eastview is employed as project manager and Cardno are lead consultants.
Yesterday Eastview director Graham Goldman and Cardno senior planner Catherine Fleming assured The Daily Mercury protection of the island's national park areas would top their agenda.
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The original master plan, released in May last year, had proposed a 49-villa eco resort within a national park area. But Mr Goldman said the idea had been revised to put only 'glamping' facilities within the national park.
"We realised (building villas in the national park) wouldn't go down too well," Mr Goldman said.
"That's when the state government (referring to their draft eco tourism plan) said, 'Look, we'd really like you to be having something in the national park'. So we said 'Ok, we can build some glamping in there'."
He said this would include 16-30 "upmarket tents" and no permanent structures.
The eco resort was shifted into an area technically classified national park but which had already been developed in the past. However, the dredging of coral to create a marina remains integral to the proposal.
Ms Fleming said the marina would cover six-hectares, including an existing dredge channel.
It was not yet known how much coral would be impacted.
Mr Goldman said a research centre "worth a couple of million" was also added to the proposal, to create jobs and raise awareness about the reef.
"It might be a centre you can do research on, people can see videos and you can teach kids about the reef," he said.
The development is so far set to include:
Upgrade of the existing beach resort
Proposed new six star villas and spas
New five-star eco resort
Glamping facilities - 16-30 tents.
Upgrade of runway and new departure lounge.