Not everyone wants the resort to go ahead
THE Capricorn Conservation Council has rallied against the Hummock Hill Island Resort development over concerns the over native fauna and flora on the island.
Property developers reduced the size of the area of the development from 518 ha to 465 ha to comply with State Government guidelines.
But in a submission to the Federal Government in 2011, the CCC wrote the potential environmental impacts associated with the proposed development were "unacceptable and far outweigh any social or economic benefits".
The species the council were worried about were the Littoral Rainforest and Coastal Vine Thickets, the Water Mouse, Black Breasted Button Quail, Grey-headed Flying-fox, Green Turtle, Loggerhead Turtle, Flatback Turtle, Eastern Curlew, Dugong and Indo-Pacific Humpback Dolphin.
The urbanization of the island was also a concern of the conservation councils.
"The building of a bridge from the mainland to Hummock Hill Island, accompanied by building of the proposed residential and tourism accommodation/services, provides an unacceptable gateway for pest plants and animals to access and infiltrate the Island's high value regional ecosystems," the submission stated.
"This would result in detrimental and irreversible impacts to vegetation, flora and fauna species via the direct threats of competition."
But the project was approved by the minister for the environment under the World Heritage properties, National Heritage places, Listed Threatened Species and Communities, Listed Migratory Species and Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.