Tower Holdings has abandoned it's original development plans (pictured) but is still keen to build a bright future for Great Keppel Island.
Tower Holdings has abandoned it's original development plans (pictured) but is still keen to build a bright future for Great Keppel Island. Photo contributed

Rally protests GKI plan

MORE than 100 people arrived on the beach at Great Keppel Island on Sunday to raise their voices against a development they say will be bad news for the island.

Rally organiser Lyndie Malan said she couldn't have been happier with the turnout of people supporting the protection of Lot 21 on GKI.

The rally gathered and marched to the top of the first lookout where they raised a dugong flag to the sound of a trumpet shell.

Throughout the day various community groups voiced their different ideas and interest in the Future of Lot 21.

Committed 2 Change spokesman Renton Bishopric said ralliers were “emphatically in favour” of Tower Holdings rebuilding and reopening a resort where the old island resort is.

But Mr Bishopric said ralliers were unanimously against the use of Lot 21 for Tower's new proposed development.

“Our major concern is that Tower Holdings have put forward a plan to build 2000 houses as well as a golf course and massive marina on the island, and only 2.8% of Tower's proposal is on land that they own, 97% of it is on public access land, Lot 21,” Ms Malan said.

The various community groups involved in Sunday's rally are now forming a working group dedicated to the GKI Lot 21 “issue”, with the view to providing some clear and positive alternatives to Tower Holding's current proposal.

Initial suggestions are to steer Lot 21 towards eco-tourism.

“Around the globe there are countless examples of how this kind of land resource has been developed into conservation parks with bike tracks, eco-friendly businesses, education centres, that all work in harmony,” Mr Bishopric said.

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