Tower issued with GKI warning

TOWER Holdings has been warned by environmental authorities for illegally cutting down trees on Great Keppel Island.

The Department of Environment and Resource Management’s (DERM) regional services director Joe Pappalardo said in a statement that GKI Resort Pty Ltd (Tower Holdings) and the contractor were both issued warning notices for illegally clearing 0.2 hectares of remnant vegetation on Lot 21 without a permit.

In February, Yeppoon resident and member of the Capricorn Conservation Council Tom Sjolund made a complaint to DERM about a number of lopped trees and also a diesel spill on the island.

Mr Pappalardo said DERM thoroughly investigated the incidents.

“Allegations of a diesel spill and disturbance of cultural heritage were also investigated and it was found that no environmental harm had been caused or any disturbance of cultural heritage.”

A spokeswoman for GKI Resort confirmed the company had received a warning from DERM for unauthorised clearing of vegetation by a contractor.

“We have reaffirmed our expectations and requirements to our contractors and will work diligently with them to ensure that all are met into the future,” she said.



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