Iwasaki unveils a breathtaking plan for Capricorn Coast land

THE size of the Iwasaki Group's vision for its Capricorn Coast land was breathtaking.

The group yesterday unveiled its draft blueprint for a multi-stage development on its coast holdings designed to cater for more than 15,000 residents once fully realised.

It includes a diverse range of elements from resort and eco living to alternative energy parks, farm stay and a dedicated recreational vehicle park.

Cr Bill Ludwig, Rockhampton Regional Council Chair of Strategic Planning, said the tourism components had the potential to generate up to the equivalent of 10,000 full-time jobs over 20 years.

"Coming back to back with the GKI approval, this is sensational news for our region and the Capricorn Coast in particular," Cr Ludwig said.

Land owned by the Iwasaki Group.
Land owned by the Iwasaki Group.

The plan - previewed by councillors and senior council planning staff at the Mercure Resort yesterday - would set international benchmarks in environmental best practice, Cr Ludwig said.

"One of the outstanding aspects of what was previewed today was that the development footprint represented less than 15% of the 9000-plus hectare property (see graphic at left)," he said.

A primary focus will be to preserve and showcase the unique environmental values of the RAMSAR-listed wetlands.

Cr Ludwig said the resort-living residential element had the potential to give Central Queensland the edge in attracting new 'sea change' residents as well as mining families looking for a lifestyle within driving range of the coal mines.

Yesterday's presentation was by Jim McKnoulty, chairman of RPS Group, engaged by Iwasaki Group to prepare a vision for the Iwasaki land holdings.

"We have been encouraged by the response we have received from both council and the Queensland Government to date and are confident the vision can become a reality working in partnership with all levels of government and the local community," he said.

The next step is to apply to the Coordinator General for the project to be designated as State significant, prior to lodging applications with the new Livingstone Council in the New Year.

Iwasaki development vision

 To cater for more than 15,000 residents once fully realised.

 Provide up to 10,000 full-time jobs over the next 20 years.

 Footprint represents less than 15% of 9000ha property.



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