Resort draws more protests

GREAT Keppel Island continues to be a focus for the region with a protest rally tomorrow and local environmentalists like Janet Barrett questioning proposed resort plans.

Ms Barrett, a Capricorn Conservation Council spokesperson, has appealed to the community to look behind the hype of the current plans by Tower Holdings and ask questions about issues like the island's groundwater supply and marina dredging.

“The reality is that many bores on the island have already been pumped beyond their sustainable rate and have had seawater intrusion,” Ms Barrett said.

“They are so contaminated that they can't even be used for irrigating a golf course.”

Another concern was the shallowness of Putney Beach, the preferred location of a 560-berth marina.

“The amount of ongoing dredging needed to maintain a large marina at this location will be very costly and potentially degrading to the fringing reefs located nearby.”

CCC have stated they welcome the Environmental Impact Study process and the environmental studies that Tower will now undertake to satisfy regulatory and legislative requirements

Great Keppel Island Resort Pty Ltd project manager Anthony Aiossa said the company had initiated the EIS for their $1.15 billion project by seeking a significant project declaration from the Queensland Government and application for assessment under Commonwealth legislation.

“Every aspect of the new resort will be examined under the EIS,” Mr Aiossa said.

A flotilla of boats will depart Rosslyn Bay tomorrow, including travellers on the 9.15am public ferry, to take part in a rally on the island.

Organiser Renton Bishopric said the rally would gather at Fisherman's Beach from 9am, with a march to First Lookout after the public ferry arrives.

Mr Bishopric said they were concerned with the planned use of public land and the impact such a massive development will have on every island in Keppel Bay.

A Sunday session at Keppel Haven will be held after the rally with guest speakers and live music.

Every aspect of the new resort will be examined


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