Owner of Great Keppel Island Holiday Village Geoff Mercer with Capricorn Tourism visitor Billie Walker.
Owner of Great Keppel Island Holiday Village Geoff Mercer with Capricorn Tourism visitor Billie Walker. JAMES SHRIMPTON

Resorts future casts a shadow

THE future of Geoff Mercer’s Great Keppel Island business depends on a $2 million facelift or becoming a workers’ camp.

But the owner of the Great Keppel Island Holiday Village can’t move forward until he knows what the future holds for the Island’s rundown resort.

Mr Mercer yesterday said he was in favour of the Tower Holdings development of the GKI resort, but it was holding his business in limbo.

He said he needed to know Tower’s time frame so he could move ahead with his own development.

“I cannot do so (develop) until the resort development is either done or put off for another 10 years,” he said.

“In a survival situation when they (Tower Holdings) go into work mode, the best thing for me would be to become a workers camp.”

Mr Mercer, who has been on the island for over 25 years, said he was willing to inject the millions of dollars to upgrade his facilities, including 20 new cabins, because some of his facilities were “at the end of their usable time.”

“But I have to sit tight with what I’ve got,” he said.

Tower Holding’s development manager Anthony Aiossa said they were working on revised plans for the resort.

“Tower are keen to get their new plans out to the public as quickly as possible and are working with a team of consultants in order to do so,” he said.

“I’m hoping it’s not too far away.”



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