Towers' new tack on resort garners support

MORE than 300 people have registered to support Tower Holdings' latest plan for a major tourism development on Great Keppel Island.

Terry Agnew, Tower's chairman, said yesterday he was delighted with the positive response in the week since the company launched its revised bid to create a $1.15 billion resort.

Most of the support registered on the project website was from locals, he said.

“We are being inundated with messages of support. I urge members of the local community to look at the plans and to register their support through the project's website.”

“The interest in the plans to revitalise Great Keppel has been very strong and very positive.”

Tower's first proposals for a millionaire's playground, complete with a new airstrip to take jets direct from Sydney and other major cities, were widely criticised. The company was forced to rethink and downscale its proposals and has embarked on a charm offensive to get the region behind the new proposals.

And it seems to be working.

Two weeks ago the Queensland Government declared the scheme a significant project. There will be an environmental impact study and two rounds of public consultation on the plans for a 300-room resort hotel, 300 resort apartments, 1700 villas, 560-berth marina, Greg Norman-designed championship golf course, yacht club and 1300 acres of parkland.

Tower says if it gets the go-ahead it will create 1400 tourism jobs and inject $145 million into the economy each year.

The plan is online at www.gkiresort.com.au.

- Adrian Taylor



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