New Dunk Island resort owner Mayfair 101 has won the development rights for the Dunk Island Spit as it continues to advance what it says is a $1.6 billion investment plan in the region.
Cassowary Coast Regional Council, which manages the spit, this week passed a resolution to accept in principle, the tender submitted by Mayfair 101 for lease of the Dunk Island Spit for commercial/recreation and tourism purposes.
Mayfair 101 in September announced it was buying the derelict Dunk Island resort and was under contract to purchase more than 200 tourism-related properties in and around Mission Beach at a cost of more than $180 million.
The company said today its successful bid for the Dunk Island Spit 30-year lease was part of a $1.6 billion planned investment in the region to reclaim its position as a premier tourism destination.
“The Dunk Island Spit is a major drawcard for the Mission Beach region and a key gateway for tourists and Cassowary Coast residents to arrive on the island,” Mayfair Iconic Properties chief executive officer Stuart Diplock said.
“We see this as a high priority focal point for the broader development.
“Mayfair 101’s successful bid will enable us to integrate this important section of Dunk Island in our broader plans and provide consistent access to infrastructure and utilities so that the public can enjoy this truly iconic part of the island.”
Cassowary Coast Mayor John Kremastos said the the Spit had largely been used for recreational camping and day-visits to the island.
However, future development would provide the opportunity for a broad cross-section of people to gain access to an island experience within the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, in close proximity to Mission Beach.
“This was an important extra dimension to the Mission Beach tourism market, which is the primary nearby coastal connection point to Dunk Island,” Cr Kremastos said.
“Mayfair 101 provided a strong submission with initial architectural concepts and ideas for the future of the Spit.
“The tender submission was professional and with further negotiation it is anticipated that an acceptable agreement can be reached for all parties.”