UPDATE: Curtis Island resort still waiting on final approval
UPDATE: The Hollywood luxury resort developer Tim Reigal's plan to start construction on Curtis Island are still on ice as the company awaits final clearance from the Federal Department of the Environment.
The Australian-based manager of Mr Reigal's company Queensland Resort Enterprise, David Douglas, said he expected to receive the go ahead within the next two weeks.
But he cautioned against a December start date for construction, saying early next year was more likely.
The company's application to the State government had stated construction would begin in December with the project's completion date set for 2017.
Turtle Street Resort Curtis Island will be an "eco-sensitive'' luxury resort which will offer 442 guests the chance to relax and unwind in more than 150 beachfront villas and units.
ORIGINAL STORY October 30:
CURTIS Island is already home to three massive gas plants, but soon it will be home to a five-star resort, too.
Hollywood luxury resort developer Tim Reigal has approval to start construction on the site of the 150-year old Monte Christo cattle station.
It is about 18km away from the industrial action of the gas plants.
Mr Reigal's father purchased the site in 1975.
Turtle Street Resort Curtis Island - an "eco-sensitive'' luxury resort - will offer 442 guests the chance to relax and unwind in more than 150 beachfront villas and units.
The Australian-based manager of Queensland Resort Enterprise, David Douglas, said the island paradise, with 27 kilometres of coastline, a nature refuge and only a 30-minute sail away from the Great Barrier Reef, would be the next jewel in central Queensland's crown.
"This will be a five-star resort like we've never seen before. We're expecting to spend in excess of $100 million in stage one of our development alone," he said.
Mr Douglas said the company also had plans to build a five-star "glamping'' facility on the island.
The company has gained approval from both the state and local levels of government and is now waiting to hear back from the Federal Department of the Environment for final clearance.
It expects that confirmation as soon as next week.
David Cattrell, who works for Brisbane management firm Best Management Group, said the resort had potential to be the best resort in Queensland.
"There are very few tourist resorts around Australia that will be able to attract international visitors and compete with the international market like this resort will be able to,'' he said.
"At Turtle Street it'll just be one hop and you'll be in paradise.''
Darryl Braithwaite from GAPDL said the project would be a great benefit to the Gladstone region.
"We've always hoped there would another resort open in the region and having this resort will be quite incredible," he said.
"It's such a beautiful spot. There's crystal clear water, coral just off the headland and it's very secluded. I'm looking forward to the glamping site and hopefully that will get things started off on the resort side of things."
Management expects 35-40% of guests will fly in using the resort's private airstrip, while the rest of the guests will have to slum it by taking one of the resort's three-times daily water taxi services.
Construction is set to begin in December.
BY THE NUMBERS
Rooms available: 177 villas and units (297 room)
Full occupancy: 442 guests
35%-40% of guests will fly in using the resort's private airstrip