05 Nov $1.2 billion Hummock Hill Island development approved after QLD government intervention
A AUS$1.2 billion tourism development on a remote and largely untouched Queensland island has been approved after a surprising intervention by the Government of Queensland.
Plans to deliver an integrated, master-planned resort on Hummock Hill Island in Rodds Bay, located around 30km Southeast of Gladstone, were initially rejected by the regional council.
However, Queensland’s independent Coordinator-General overruled the council’s objections to greenlight the large scale project, which was confirmed by Minister for State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning Cameron Dick.
“We have stepped in, listened and acted for jobs and economic prosperity in the Gladstone region,” said Dick. “This $1.2 billion project will support 190 construction jobs per year over 17 years and will deliver a tourism boom for the Gladstone region, supporting up to 700 ongoing operational jobs.
“Tourism is one of the main drivers of job creation in regional Queensland, and a project of this scale is too important to languish in the Planning and Environment Court for years.
Eaton Place – a largely unknown Australian developer – has been pushing for the development on Hummock Hill since 2005. The company wants to build up to 2,500 residential units, including 770 permanent homes, on the island.