VIDEO: Parkhurst resort hub almost ready for guests
THE latest instalment from the multi-million dollar developer family, the Kortes, is a resort-style accommodation and steakhouse hub and it's slowly transforming the harsh Parkhurst industrial landscape.
Over 100 resort-style rooms, a steakhouse, gym, putt-putt golf green, wedding venue and 26-metre swimming pool have been rising from a dusty, bare 10-acre allotment on Yaamba Road since February.
And with stage one of Korte's Resort and Steakhouse set to take its first guests and diners in two weeks, the developer family is keen to see their toil transform the Rockhampton hospitality industry once more.
The family were last on the scene in 2002 when they sold the Glenmore Tavern and with a few cattle properties, apartment blocks and commercial buildings added to their portfolio since, Korte's Resort and Steakhouse is another notch on their local belt.
A $25 million notch in fact.
"It was always a dream," developer Bill Korte said.
"We have got the green light throughout and we are ready to go."
Mr Korte said the site would pose as Rockhampton's own resort-style accommodation option and was a stark difference to the recently-announced Capricorn Resort down-turn.
"(Some parts) were so difficult I was nearly ready to walk away," he said.
"We haven't cut any corners."
Despite some roadblocks, the Korte family powered on and with a few palm trees, iconic Beef Capital bulls and some minor touches, the first stage of the project will open to the public ahead of stage two in April 2016 and stage three early 2017.
Youngest son Brad Korte has seen the process evolve before and is boots-on-ground with the rest of the family to make sure their dream becomes a reality.
"It was needed," Brad said. "Rockhampton is growing and pushing out this way and I think it will be good.
"There is nothing else like it."
Korte's Resort and Steakhouse
- 26.5 metre pool
- Tennis courts
- Putt-putt golf green
- 100 resort-style rooms
- Resort restaurant
- Wedding and function venue