WHAT NEXT: Great Keppel Island's stakeholders share their thoughts on what next for the island.
WHAT NEXT: Great Keppel Island's stakeholders share their thoughts on what next for the island. Aimee Lee

Locals stakeholders for GKI respond to the impending sale

Woppaburra elder Warinkil Auntie Glenice Croft

Elders Auntie Glenice, Auntie Vanessa and Aunty Christine.
Elders Auntie Glenice, Auntie Vanessa and Aunty Christine. Contributed

Woppaburra elder Warinkil Auntie Glenice Croft says she welcomes the opportunity of a cultural ceremony with Isabella and CK Wei on GKI.

"The good thing about the new owners is they have their own culture, but they have a way where they would hopefully do things the right way,” she said.

"If she is reaching out and would like to talk around the campfire, she must have done some research into our culture and how we do things.

"Yes, we have to meet with them. They must know our protocols and who they need to talk to.

"We have a Native Title claim, a Woppa Land Trust, a Traditional Uses of Marine Resources Agreement and the most leased land on the island.

"There's things we're still fighting for and we can have discussion about that with the new owners.”

Max Allen Jnr - Freedom Fast Cats

Freedom Fast Cats Max Allen Jnr
Freedom Fast Cats Max Allen Jnr Contributed

It's going to bring the great back to Great Keppel Island.

It's just so exciting and a fantastic opportunity for the island and the area.

Development has been needed for a long time now and this is a great opportunity for businesses locally, jobs for locals, the opportunity for young people to advance in different trades.

These (investors) are fantastic, the vibe we were getting off them was that they didn't want to storm in, they wanted to get a lot of feedback from Woppaburra and to learn the history of the island.

Karla McPhail - OKOF campaigner

Karla McPhail is committed to making a difference in the Central Queensland region.
Karla McPhail is committed to making a difference in the Central Queensland region. Chris Ison

I think it is absolutely fantastic. I think it is great for the whole region. I am thrilled that we have such positive optimistic investors.

It will be really awesome for tourism, employment and the economy of the region.

I think Tower Holdings were genuine passionate investors in the region and I commend them on their persistence and tenacity.

We have lots of great developments on the horizon which is fantastic.

Bill Ludwig - Livingstone Shire Mayor

Labor Candidate Russell Robertson, Shadow Minister Anthony Albanese, MP Brittany lauga, Senator Murray Watt and Livingstone Mayor Bill Ludwig on the Yeppoon foreshore
Labor Candidate Russell Robertson, Shadow Minister Anthony Albanese, MP Brittany lauga, Senator Murray Watt and Livingstone Mayor Bill Ludwig on the Yeppoon foreshore Trish Bowman

It's the news we've been waiting for. Meeting the prospective buyers, they had a sense of genuineness about them I found absolutely refreshing. Their commitment to local jobs is exceptional, they understand the importance of the island to our community and can bring expertise and finance to make a 10-year vision a reality. They want to make sure that whatever they do is in harmony with the natural beauty of the island.

Cherie Rutherford - Rockhampton Region acting mayor

Cr. Cherie Rutherford at the choosing of the Chimp's name.
Cr. Cherie Rutherford at the choosing of the Chimp's name. Chris Ison ROK090418cchimp2

We are delighted a deal has been reached for a new Great Keppel Island Resort and we extend our congratulations to Isabella Wei, her husband CK and business partner Hsiao Yuan Ju. The development will bring visitors and tourists from across the planet to our beautiful part of the world. We wish the new owners every success and look forward to seeing GKI having a resort it deserves.

Kelly Harris - GKI Island Hideaway manager

Great Keppel Island Hideaway & Keppel Konnections Group Manager Kelly Harris
Great Keppel Island Hideaway & Keppel Konnections Group Manager Kelly Harris Leighton Smith

We are just so pleased to see an agreement reached and a way forward now in sight. I've met CK and Isabella and they seem like lovely people. We look forward to working with them in the future for the good of the region and GKI in particular.

Tom Sjolund - Don't Destroy GKI campaigner

DON'T DESTROY KEPPEL ISLAND: Tom Sjolund
DON'T DESTROY KEPPEL ISLAND: Tom Sjolund Contributed

It seems the Wei family may be a bit more sympathetic to GKI. At least they want discussions with the Woppa peoples. It seems developers fall in love with GKI because of its 17 white sandy beaches and the beautiful natural environment, "The Jewel in the Crown” then wish to destroy it by over-developing it.

Tower Holdings will still own the lease on Lot 21. In the dying hours of Campbell Newman's Government the tenure of lot 21 was changed from a tourism/recreational lease (renewable every 10 Years) to a 100 year lease for tourism. In effect, it has been given away for a paltry $6000/yr rent. Towers leases are all tied leases, the Government tied the leases together so Tower could not off load individual leases. What process will the State Government use to untie these leases?

We also worry about the impacts the marina and the new airstrip developments will have, not just on the island environment but also the social impacts it will.

Michael Powell - Ya Nga (Great Keppel Alliance)

Michael Powell - Great Keppel Alliance
Michael Powell - Great Keppel Alliance Contributed

The Alliance members have always been in favour of an environmentally sympathetic redevelopment of the old commercial footprint only and we remain opposed to any development on Lot 21, other than for recreational purposes. The Alliance stands shoulder to shoulder with the Woppaburra Elders and will not stop until the 2014 Newman Government decision to change the lease arrangements of Lot 21 are found to be illegal and reversed. What we can say is that the full blown animal welfare crisis which we saw on GKI two years ago is happening once more due to Tower's mismanagement of their Leases. We cannot understand why the Government has not moved to resume Lot 21 long before this. The only question we want answered is when will the goats will be removed from the Island?



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