LONG GOODBYE: The “old” golf course at the Capricorn Resort in Yeppoon, which will be allowed to “return to nature”. INSET: The Araucaria Wing which will close on January 5, 2016.
LONG GOODBYE: The “old” golf course at the Capricorn Resort in Yeppoon, which will be allowed to “return to nature”. INSET: The Araucaria Wing which will close on January 5, 2016. FILE

Coast’s Capricorn Resort set to close rooms

FANS of Capricorn Resort's old golf course may have to collect their clubs and move to greener pastures as the resort declares the closure of the course and two out of three accommodation wings.

In what would have been the first week from hell, Capricorn Resort's new general manager Ross Greenaway yesterday said the resort would be reduced from 280 rooms to 113 as part of a major review of operations by owners Iwasaki Sangyo Group.

Mr Greenaway had only just replaced former GM Mat Finch as the resort announced the Accor Management Company would cease to operate the hotel from October 31.

The Queen Palms wing, including convention centre, will close on December 1, and the Araucaria wing will close after the peak Christmas/New Year holiday period on January 5.

Mr Greenaway said the closures would also have an unfortunate impact on staff, with about 25 staff being made redundant.

"We are obviously trying to minimise but I would estimate it would be around 20 to 25," he said yesterday.

"But as announced to the staff, that is something we are still looking at. We hope to offer most of those new casual positions.

"We need to achieve a commercial result and at the same time minimise the effect to individuals."

The downscaling is set to open up refurbishment options, with the rooms in the Royal Palms wing to be enhanced with the addition of new furnishings.

As for the fate of the closed buildings, Mr Greenaway said that was a decision for the company.

But the championship golf course will remain open and all three restaurants and bars will continue to operate.

Future development is also on the horizon; in December 2013 the future redevelopment of the property was declared a State Significant Project by the State Government, with the company still currently undertaking an Environmental Impact Statement for the potential $600 million future development.

The exact timeframe for this process is unknown.



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