NEW FOCUS: Joanne Pitt from Keppel Haven says people have forgotten Great Keppel Island is still open.
NEW FOCUS: Joanne Pitt from Keppel Haven says people have forgotten Great Keppel Island is still open. Sharyn O'Neill

Great Keppel still open, says Joanne

FORGET the hysteria of the predicted doom for Great Keppel Island, Joanne Pitt wants people to focus on what is still there.

Joanne, the manager of Keppel Haven, said the island was much more than just the much-publicised closed resort and the rest was still open for visitors.

Joanne said there were four accommodation places including Keppel Haven, two food outlets and other businesses all operating as normal.

“It is really just the resort that has closed,” Joanne said.

“Everything else is just bobbing along.”

Concerned over the misconceptions about the island, with all the news of the GKI Resort proposal being rejected, Joanne is starting a campaign to promote the island, with a web page upgrade and posters promoting the businesses still operating.

“The Great Keppel Island Resort is the only facility which is closed,” Joanne said.

“There is a misconception there is no food available on the island.”

But with Keppel Haven open seven days a week offering lunch and dinner, plus Island Pizza, as well as the Rainbow Hut offering coffees, snacks and all day breakfasts, there was plenty on offer, Joanne said.

And claims that the island was in disrepair were further harming its image.

Joanne stressed that it was just the section of the closed resort that was in disrepair.

“Forget the hysteria and let’s all work together to promote this area,” she said.

“We have still got a lot to offer.”

Capricorn Tourism has also stepped up to voice grave concerns about the long-term negative effect such misconceptions had for tourism across the Capricorn Coast region.

Capricorn Tourism and Tourism Queensland have continued to promote Great Keppel, both domestically and internationally, as being open for business and ready to welcome visitors.

Chairman Grant Cassidy said the announcement by Minister Peter Garrett rejecting the proposal by Tower Holdings had thrown the debate over the future of the island back into turmoil and further controversy at a time when the industry needed decisive action in progressing a workable solution for the future.

The announcement has divided the community with strong supporters on both sides speaking out.

Member for Keppel Paul Hoolihan has expressed his disappointment that because of the proposal’s rejection, no Environmental Impact Statement would be made.



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