Jul 23, 2017

EIS out for $583m island development

EIS out for $583m island development

A $583 million redevelopment and expansion of the Lindeman Island resort is a step closer with the release of the project’s draft environmental impact statement (EIS).

White Horse Australia Lindeman proposes a five-star beach resort, six-star spa resort, five-star eco resort, tourist villa precinct and luxury camping facilities, creating 300 jobs each during construction and 300 operational jobs once completed.

State Development Minister Dr Anthony Lynham said the draft environmental impact statement for the Whitsunday islands project was available for public consultation for six weeks.

“The redevelopment is consistent with the Palaszczuk Government’s Advancing Tourism plan to drive growth and jobs in the tourism industry,” Dr Lynham said.

“However, it is within the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area and it’s important that appropriate safeguards are in place to protect the Reef.

“The independentCoordinator-General has released the draft EIS for public consultation until 4 September and all submissions received during this consultation period will be considered in finalising the evaluation.”

The White Horse proposal is one of several significant investments planned in the Whitsundays, including:

  • $2 billion re-development of the Laguna Whitsundays Resort
  • development of Daydream Island Resort and Spa and South Molle Island Resort
  • redevelopment of Brampton Island.

For more information visit statedevelopment.qld.gov.au/lindeman.

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