Queensland

Queensland's proposed $600m Capricorn Resort moves a step closer

THE Queensland Government last week announced that the proposed $600 million Capricorn Integrated Resort near Yeppoon has moved to the next stage after the Coordinator-General released the final terms of reference for the project's environmental impact statement (EIS).

Deputy Premier, Minister for State Development, Infrastructure and Planning Jeff Seeney said the potential project was an exciting tourism venture that could create more than 20,000 jobs.

"The proponent, Iwasaki Sangyo Co, aims to construct a new 300-room, 5-star resort with fine dining and recreational facilities on the southern side of its existing Mercure Capricorn Resort," Mr Seeney said.

"Being a project of significant scope, the Coordinator-General declared it a "coordinated project" in December. This means the Coordinator-General will coordinate a whole-of-government response to its assessment.

"The terms of reference for the project's EIS have now been finalised and will ensure a range of potential environmental impacts, especially any impacts on sensitive areas like Corio Bay and Byfield National Park, will be robustly examined.

The release of the final terms of reference follows the release of the draft document for public consultation from 14 December 2013 to 27 January 2014.

The finalised terms of reference for the EIS are available from the Department of State Development, Infrastructure and Planning website at <http://www.dsdip.qld.gov.au/capricornresort>.

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