The fate of Queensland’s largest ever tourism development, Ella Bay, rests on the shoulders of Federal Environment Minister Tony Burke, after receiving conditional approval from the state government last week.
In granting approval, the Queensland Coordinator General attached 38 conditions pertaining to environmental issues regarding animals, water quality and road access, according to DesignBuild Source.
Environmental concerns regarding water quality are due to the development’s proximity to the Wet Tropics Queensland World Heritage Area and the Great Barrier Reef.
The Ella Bay integrated tourism and residential project will provide Queensland’s construction industry with a 15-year project, creating up to 400 jobs at the peak building phase.
The completed development will provide 800 operational jobs, 250 part time peak-season positions and deliver over $256 million in tourism related expenditures, including $50 million in state government taxes.
The Satori Ella Bay project will house three resort precincts, four residential areas, an 18-hole golf course, a retail village and a cassowary research and education centre.
Satori agreed to provide full and necessary infrastructure for the new community and development at no extra cost to local or state authorities.
Federal Environment Minister Tony Burke has less than 30 days to approve the project.
Source = e-Travel Blackboard: P.T