Calliope approves $81.5 million BITS Club
By REN LANZONrlanzon@gladstoneobserver.com.au
A CHAMPIONSHIP golf course, clubhouse, hotel and aquatic centre were unveiled yesterday as stage one of the redevelopment of the Boyne Island Tannum Sands Country Club.
Calliope Shire Council has given developers the green light to carry out the $81.5 million development which is expected to begin in July next year, with the first stage expected to be completed by late 2007.
Calliope Shire Mayor George Creed described the project as an 'exciting, quality development for the Boyne Tannum community'.
"This significant investment in our community will change the Boyne Tannum area, creating a dynamic attraction,'' Cr Creed said.
'It will provide world class golf-ing and community facilities that will generate employment for local people and stimulate the local economy.'
The project announcement was made by trust directors Jean-mic Perrine, Brett Cuthbert and David Shannon.
Mr Perrine said the development would bring many job opportunities, especially for local people.
'We expect there will be 180 people on site during construction, and conservatively about 100 in the clubhouse, golf course and the hotel,' he said.
'This project will give the community the opportunity to create a product that would be envied up and down the coast (and which) will be of significant interest to tourists and travellers in the area.'
The project will be developed over a four-year period with stages two, three and four scheduled for construction between 2008 and 2010.
Other features of the whole development will be two new bowling greens near the new clubhouse, provision for future retirement accommodation, and new public park facilities on the Boyne River/South Trees Inlet at Lilley Park.
These will link with the existing waterfront linear park network.
The council's December Shire Crier will feature the master plan. Residents will also be able to view it on Calliope Shire Council's website at www.calliope.qld.gov.au.