Hummock Hill Island development has been approved by the Commonwealth Government.
Hummock Hill Island development has been approved by the Commonwealth Government. CONTRIBUTED

Govt approves Hummock Hill Island tourism development

THE Hummock Hill Island tourism project has been approved by the federal government today.

The $950 million project was first referred to the Commonwealth Minster for Environment on January 3 2006 and today was deemed that it would not have an unacceptable impact on the natural habitat.

The project has a planned total of 1200 residents who live on the island 30km south east of Gladstone.

The 456ha site is expected to include two hotels, a health spa, residential development, airstrip and helipad.

Federal member for Flynn Ken O'Dowd said it would boost the Central Queensland economy.

>> O'Dowd: Tourism project to bring "countless opportunities"

He said it had been determined the Pacificus Tourism Project on Hummock Hill Island would not have an unacceptable impact on matters protected under national environmental law.

"This is an important project for our region; a project that will bring investment and employment opportunities to the Gladstone area, and a project that has been declared environmentally sustainable," He said.

"We can expect that the development will attract nearly 3,000 tourists to the resort, as well as more than 1,000 residents, and will provide a consistent demand for local suppliers."

The project has been modified from the previous 2005 proposal, to take into account measures to minimise the impacts on the world heritage values of the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area.

"The current project design sees a reduction in the development footprint, avoidance of protected ecological communities and one less boat ramp," Mr O'Dowd said.

"It includes innovative and effective protection, mitigation, and offset measures to provide an environmental net benefit for the region."

The Island has previously been used for cattle grazing and is a patchwork of cleared land, regrowth vegetation and intact remnant vegetation.

The development will also contribute to improved environmental flows and connectivity for marine species in the Colosseum Inlet by removing the current causeway.

Mr O'Dowd said that the approval was a welcome investment that will satisfy both the tourism sector and previous environmental concerns.

"This approval demonstrates that through rigorous assessment, development can occur in an environmentally sensitive and sustainable manner," he said.

"Hummock Hill is now set to become a world-class tourism destination within the southern part of the Great Barrier Reef."

The Island has previously been used for cattle grazing and is a patchwork of cleared land, regrowth vegetation and intact remnant vegetation.



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