Work is progressing well on the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the proposed $600 million redevelopment of the Iwasaki Capricorn Integrated Resort at Yeppoon, according to Member for Keppel Brittany Lauga.
The master plan features a 300-room, five-star resort, including a golf course, wagyu cattle farm and residential community of 8000 dwellings and village centre. It is expected to generate about 19,000 jobs over 20 years.
Ms Lauga said she had been involved in a teleconference with Livingstone Shire Mayor Bill Ludwig and Mr Iwasaki’s Australian representative in recent days about progress on the development.
“I look forward to Capricorn Resort submitting their EIS soon,” she said.
“The public is looking forward to seeing the plans and consulting with the proponent throughout the community consultation process, as am I.”
Ms Lauga said she would like to see the proponent develop a local procurement plan to ensure that local workers, trades and services were used and jobs created wherever possible so to maximise the economic return of the development to the Keppel community.
“Everywhere I go, local people in Keppel are telling me how much they would love to see Capricorn Resort reopened and upgraded. There is no doubt: Keppel needs these jobs,” she said.