Locals fear developers haven't done research for wave resort
DEVELOPERS behind plans for a world-first man-made wave resort on Baffle Creek say the project could be up and running in just 12 months.
Hunter Valley-based River Island Property Development owns the 354-acre site on the corner of Tableland and Hills Rds, slated for the Discovery Coast Lifestyle Park project.
River Island Property Development CEO Mark Wilkes said the $75 million proposal is already being embraced by locals, and initial development meetings with Gladstone Regional Council are planned for next month.
"We could be running in potentially 12 months, if we have a smooth passage through council," Mr Wilkes said.
"The first stage building the infrastructure isn't that complicated, and the residential accommodation would be pre-fab.
"But realistically, it might be closer to 18 months."
Plans for the site include mountain biking, a chairlift and hill-top cafe, a large concert arena and the inland surfing facility with waves up to 2m.
Mr Wilkes said the project is looking for "foundation partners" - and one local business has already suggested adding an airfield to the development.
But Baffle Creek local Steve Hume fears the developers haven't done their research.
"That site is right at our access point, the only way in and out of Baffle Creek," he said.
"I wonder if they understand it's right next to the bridge that goes under every time it rains."
Mr Hume, who has lived in the region for six years, said the bridge was still damaged from January's floods, and he'd been told the council had no plans to begin the $8.5 million fix.
"Everyone I speak to is dead-set against this - it will destroy our lifestyle," he said.
But Mr Wilkes said the project could deliver hundreds of jobs, and attract 1000 adventure-lovers a day to the region.
Do you oppose the wave resort?
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Yes, It would destroy our lifestyle
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