Exclusive eco-resort planned on Curtis Island

By REN LANZONrlanzon@gladstoneobserver.com.au

THREE eco-tourism hotels planned for Curtis Island will cater for up to 400 guests, it has been revealed.

A Dutch-based company has applied to set up a series of hotels on the northern end of the island.

Calliope Shire Council has confirmed that Universal Partners NCI Pty Ltd, in an application through The Planning Place, had submitted a preliminary application for a three accommodation building eco-tourism resort.

The development is expected to cater for the upper end of the tourist market on the island and could be serviced by its own airfield.

The resort would be ideally located to feature beaches, rainforests and coastal fringe, and an 18-hole golf course. The proposal includes 300 rural holiday allotment subdivision to be built in two stages.

Ian Adams from The Planning Place said the application was lodged on December 18, 2004.

Mr Adams said no master plan had been prepared for the development at this stage "but its preparation is imminent''. Calliope's acting planner Sarah Paton said the hotel/resort buildings would be completed in three stages.

The first and second stages would each be for 100 guests. The third stage hotel would be for 200 guests.

The 2468-hectare property was formerly a prime grazing property belonging to Rockhampton grazier Sir Graham McCamley.

Resort investors have apparently settled on the Gladstone area for development in recent months.

The Dutch development would be the second resort for Curtis Island.

The Monte Christo property in the central part of the island has been targeted by its American owners for an $80 million project comprising a 160-apartment/villas development.

Also at Boyne Island, the former Boyne Island Tannum Sands (BITS) Club has also been singled out by developers for a poss-ible $80 million resort residential subdivision.

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