Chance to have a say
LOCAL residents are invited to have their say about the issues an environmental impact study (EIS) on the redevelopment of Lindeman Island will have to address.
The Co-ordinator-General released draft terms of reference for the EIS on Friday for the proposed $600 million redevelopment of the island resort.
Lindeman is the first "co-ordinated project" declared in Queensland in 18 months, which means both State and Federal Government agencies have input into the EIS process.
State Development Minister Anthony Lynham said Lindeman Island was within the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area and the EIS would therefore be subject to "detailed scrutiny and full public consultation".
"When the resort is in full swing, it could maintain 300 ongoing operational jobs and has the potential to revive the cyclone-battered island getaway as an integrated resort with five precincts," he said.
"We are a job focussed government, but all projects need to go through comprehensive assessments of environmental, social and economic matters."
Whitsundays Marketing and Development Ltd (WMDL) has welcomed the redevelopment proposal with its executive director Jeff Aquilina saying it would attract many additional visitors to the Whitsundays and generate hundreds of jobs.
The draft terms of reference are available for comment until July 3 and can be viewed online at statedevelopment.qld.gov.au/lindeman or alternatively in hard copy at the Cannonvale library.