Plans for $1.81 billion Queensland’s World Heritage site Resort

A plan for an eco-resort in Queensland's Wet Tropics World Heritage area will convert a 450 hectare cattle station into a $1.81 billion resort and residential eco-community over a fifteen year period.

Masterplan Framed

Queensland's Wet Tropics World Heritage AreaSo far, Gold Coast firm DBI have been employed for the landscape design and Masterplan design has also been engaged. According to the submission, the resort will have a sustainability focus and will be comprised of four resorts and 540 residences; a village precinct; championship 18-hole golf course, and swimming lagoon will be part of the development.

The development will incorporate water treatment, recycling of effluent and generating electricity on site. The site is currently a large rural property which has been cleared for agriculture since the early 1900’s. The site has an esplanade located along the foreshore which enjoys extensive beach frontage of 2.5 km to the Coral Sea.

The Coordinator General has prepared a report of his findings into the environmental impact to the Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities (SEWPaC) for assessment and the developers are awaiting approval.

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"The goal of Ella Bay will be to develop a world class ecologically sustainable community, with emphasis on the environment; protection, research and conservation and sustainable development; designed to promote self- sufficiency, particularly in relation to energy, water and sewerage management."

The study concluded: "Through ongoing research in collaboration with the University of Queensland and James Cook University, Ella Bay Developments Pty Ltd will continue to develop new technologies in sustainable development that can be used in other communities around Queensland, Australia and the World."

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