Tower chiefs left with plenty to think about

AFTER important meetings in Canberra yesterday, Tower Holdings representatives will have plenty to think about regarding their plans for Great Keppel Island.

Member for Capricornia Kirsten Livermore said yesterday’s meeting with the company’s decision-makers, including chief executive Terry Agnew, and Federal Environment Minister Peter Garrett’s chief of staff and other advisers, had been businesslike, but helpful.

“They will go away from this meeting with a lot to think about and a lot of decisions to make,” Ms Livermore said.

She said they were dealing with a complex process involving a large piece of legislation that affected the $1.14 billion development plans that Mr Garrett had knocked back.

“The sharing and gathering of information is always helpful.”

The MP said she had made an offer to Tower Holdings that she would be on standby if they decided they wanted to proceed with more plans.

“I’ve said ‘I’ll wait to hear from you’.”

With Tower Holding officials attending more meetings yesterday afternoon with environmental advisers, Ms Livermore said those meetings would form another key part in the final decisions Tower Holdings will make.

“I am always working to get outcomes.

“I hope there will be something achieved out of it.”

Representatives from Tower Holdings were unable to be contacted by The Morning Bulletin yesterday.

On Thursday Mr Agnew said he would go into the meetings with an open mind for a second chance bid at the project.

Mr Agnew said he believed he could create a new environmental benchmark for Australia’s tourism industry and was encouraged by the support he had received for the project.

“I would like to express our heartfelt thanks to many Central Queenslanders who have contacted us to express their strong support for the plan to proceed,” Mr Agnew said.

– Sharyn O’Neill

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