THE Queensland Government has announced that Lindeman Island's revival is a step closer, following the release of the draft environmental impact statement (EIS) for the $583 million redevelopment and expansion of the island's resort.
In a statement last week, State Development Minister Anthony Lynham said the draft environmental impact statement for the Whitsunday islands project was available for public consultation for six weeks.
White Horse Australia Lindeman Pty Ltd proposes a five-star beach resort, six-star spa resort, five-star eco resort, tourist villa precinct and luxury camping facilities, creating 300 jobs during construction and 300 operational jobs once completed.
Dr Lynham said that while the redevelopment is consistent with the State Government's Advancing Tourism plan to support growth and jobs in the tourism industry, its location within the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area requires the implementation of appropriate safeguards to protect the Reef.
"The independent Coordinator-General has released the draft EIS for public consultation until 4 September and all submissions received during this consultation period will be considered in finalising the evaluation," the Minister said.
Lindeman Island's resort has been closed since 2012 after suffering significant damage from Cyclone Yasi in 2011.
The White Horse proposal is one of several significant investments planned in the Whitsundays, including the redevelopment of Brampton Island, the development of Daydream Island Resort and Spa and South Molle Island Resort and the $2 billion redevelopment of the Laguna Whitsundays Resort.
Dr Lynham said the Coordinator-General was also conducting consultation on behalf of the Commonwealth Department of the Environment and Energy and the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority.
More information is available from the Department of State Development website at <http://statedevelopment.qld.gov.au/assessments-and-approvals/lindeman-great-barrier-reef-resort-project.html>.