A proposed $1 billion country club resort and equestrian centre near Townsville has been declared a coordinated project.
State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning Minister Cameron Dick said the independent Coordinator-General had made the declaration for the Toolakea Beach development and would now carry out the environmental impact assessment.
“This important project has the potential to create an average of 300 direct full-time equivalent jobs each year over its 20-to-25-year construction phase,” Mr Dick said.
“Once the resort is complete, the proponent, Landmark Projects, estimates it will support 3750 direct full-time equivalent operational jobs and inject more than $360 million of tourism spending each year in the Townsville region.
“Subject to approvals, construction of Stage 1 could start in 2022 and the resort could commence taking guests two years later.
“The proponent estimates the resort will take up to 240,000 visitors per year based on its 560 rooms in Stage 1.”
The equestrian centre is set to include world-class indoor and outdoor training arenas, training yards, horse stabling, veterinarian services and cross-country trails, with beach-front access to Halifax Bay and an ability to host international events such as polo matches, show jumping and rodeo events.
Mr Dick said the independent Coordinator-General would prepare draft terms of reference for the environmental impact statement and invite public comment.
He said Landmark Projects would then have to produce a comprehensive EIS for the project that considered all potential environmental, social, economic and infrastructure impacts.