Agnes caravan park closes for luxury resort

By REN LANZONrlanzon@gladstoneobserver.dyndns.org

THE former Agnes Water caravan park has closed down to make way for the $300 million Sansara luxury resort.

Work on stage 1 of the Sydney based Mijo Development's 117- apartment complex is expected to begin in April this year.

The 2.8 hectare caravan park, a favourite holiday spot for many people for more than three decades, closed down on March 11.

Mijo's managing director Michael Robson said about 65 per cent of the Sansara Resort and Spa's stage 1 (comprising 34 apartments and 18 retail outlets) have already been sold. Completion of this stage is expected in the third quarter of 2007.

The construction company contracted to build this and other Mijo projects, Newtown Developments, has met with local businesses and tradespeople over the past month to source as many trades and services as possible from within the local area.

The entire project would include 117 apartments, 18 retail shops, a movie cinema, a confer-ence centre, a creche and a 50 metre resort pool with a four metre Scuba diving facility.

Newton managing director, Sean Ngu, said more than 200 employees across a multitude of trades would be required during the two-and-a-half year construction of the entire project.

It is expected that after construction has been completed, about 200 staff would be required to run the resort, not including cleaners, gardeners, security or maintenance

Mijo marketing manager Yael Bradbury said villas now ranged in price from $990,000 to $4 million plus.

All apartments offered ocean views and own roof-top lap pool, plunge pool or oversize jacuzzi.

She said a number of the cabins and caravan sites would be retained for accommodation purposes during construction.

Ms Bradbury said anyone interested in taking a virtual tour of the Sansara Resort and The Tree 1770 could visit the Sansara website at www.sansara.com.au.



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