Livermore helps with GKI solution

KIRSTEN Livermore is ready to broker a way forward to save the redevelopment of Great Keppel Island.

The Member for Capricornia could prove to be the go-between to repair relations between Tower Holdings chairman Terry Agnew and Environment Minister Peter Garrett, who last week canned proposals for a $1.1 billion resort.

Last year Ms Livermore angered Mr Agnew when, in Federal Parliament, she described the Sydney-based property development company as a “bad corporate citizen” for closing the old resort without warning.

But it has emerged that she could play a key role in bringing Mr Agnew and his project manager Anthony Aoissa to the negotiating table with Mr Garrett.

In an email to Rockhampton businessman Petros Khalesirad, who is also working to keep the prospect of a deal alive, Ms Livermore reveals she has been in touch with both Tower and the Minister’s office.

“I have told the Tower representatives that I am happy to keep working with them to see what their options are following Friday’s decision. My position has always been to support the redevelopment and reopening of the resort on GKI and I will continue to work towards that goal,” she said.

A spokesman for her constituency office in Rockhampton said Ms Livermore believed strongly that any redevelopment on the island must be sustainable – and on a smaller scale than Tower wanted.

The Morning Bulletin understands that one main reason the plan was rejected was a concern over the number of people any infrastructure on the island could support.

Mr Khalesirad yesterday called for an open forum involving politicians, the developers, environmental campaigners and public to bring all the issues out into the open.

“It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for this region and it would be tragic if it failed because people were not prepared to talk to each other.

“There are many people who believe it is possible to salvage a project that would bring jobs and investment to the region without harming the environment.”

He said while it would be great to have Peter Garrett at such a forum, it wouldn’t be necessary.

“He has an army of officers and advisors at the Environment Department,” he said.

Mr Khalesirad says the forum should be at a venue like the Pilbeam Theatre.

My position has always been to support the redevelopment and reopening of the resort on GKI and I will continue to work towards that goal



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