GKI resort team in Canberra
HOPING for a second chance, Terry Agnew is in Canberra today for what could be make or break talks for the future of his Great Keppel Island resort vision.
The chairman of GKI Resort Pty Ltd says he’s heading into meetings with Federal Environment Minister Peter Garrett’s office with an open mind.
And he’s not giving up his dream of the $1.15 billion project.
Mr Agnew said he was buoyed by public support and looked forward to constructive talks with Mr Garrett’s office and Member for Capricornia, Kirsten Livermore.
“We were extremely disappointed by Minister Garrett’s decision to cancel the project and not agree to an Environmental Impact Statement,” Mr Agnew said.
“Nevertheless, we accept the invitation to discuss the way forward and we will be taking an open mind into those talks.”
Ms Livermore said, like Mr Agnew, she too will be attending the meeting today with an open mind.
“I am hopeful for a resolution that is acceptable and sustainable and in the best interest of Great Keppel Island,” Ms Livermore said.
Mr Agnew said he was still gaining community support for his plans.
Joining Mr Agnew at the meeting today will be project manager Anthony Aiossa and Patrice Brown from the Rockhampton-based environmental consultancy, CQ Environmental.
“We still believe we can create a new environmental benchmark for Australia’s tourism industry,” he said.
Mr Agnew called for supporters of the project to write to their elected representatives asking for the environmental assessment process to be done.
“We are not going to give up on this revitalisation plan easily; it’s too important for the region economically and it makes environmental sense as well.”
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