Multi-million dollar resort plan for BITS
By REN LANZONnewsroom@gladstoneobserver.com.au
THE Boyne Island Tannum Sands Country Club is set to become the home of the region's first multi-million dollar resort and international golf course.
Calliope Shire Council has accepted a tender for an $800 million resort on the BITS Club premises and nearby land.
The resort, which will be the first for the immediate Gladstone region, will come complete with conference facilities and an 18-hole international standard golf course.
Council granted the tender to BT Joint Venture Group associated with Jean-Mic Perrine, Brett Cuthbert and David Shannon after a careful selection process.
'This is a giant step ? it will put a resort something of the scale of the Rydges Capricorn International Resort (at Yeppoon) in the immediate Gladstone area,' chief executive officer Graeme Kanofski told the council on Friday.
'This project not only has the po- tential to change the face of Boyne Island and Tannum Sands, but it will also have a significant impact on this region,' Mr Kanofski said.
A major stipulation by council for the resort, which will have 80 luxury units in its first stage, is that public access must be maintained through the existing esplanade fronting the Boyne River, an area that is a popu- lar fishing spot for locals.
In the recommendation, it was also noted that although the propo- nents wished to include the bowls club facilities in the master planning process, council was prepared to of- fer a stand-alone lease to the club if that was what the club wished.
The proponents will also be re- quested to include the BITS Country Club as a partner in the development of the master plan.
Perrine Architecture Pty Ltd prin- cipal, Jean-Mic Perrine, expected that design and planning would take between 12 and 14 months to com- plete before construction could be considered.