3500 jobs on the way with new $950 million resort
WHAT WE KNOW:
- $950 million project
- $95 million per anum of tourism expenditure into the local region
- 1200 permanent residents plus 2700 tourists
- 3500 new jobs during construction
PROPERTY developers have revealed the litany of skilled and unskilled workers needed to build the $950 million Hummock Island resort.
Earthmoving, building, landscaping, construction supervision, engineering, and equipment operations are some of the jobs up for grabs during the construction.
It's expected construction will bring an average of 190 jobs on the island each year over the 14-year project, totalling 3200 jobs.
Across the state, the project is expected to create a whopping 4700 jobs indirectly, with an average of 260 jobs each year and a peak of 510.
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PROJECTIONS reveal peak periods for a resort on Hummock Hill Island which is expected to rake in $95 million per annum for our local economy.
The resort, which will have two hotels, restaurants, bars, cafes, a golf course, convention rooms, and homes for permanent residents, will reach its peak population at 3900 for a month-and-a-half over December and January before dropping to about 2000 for February and March.
Tourist will flock to the city again in peak numbers of 3900 at the beginning of April and July, and the second half of September.
A 233-page report detailing the plan states that, during construction, there wouldn't be workers' camps on the island.
Property developers, who expect the project to bring a boom during the 14-year construction, will use workers from the Gladstone region who will travel to the site from their home.
"It is anticipated that the project can be constructed utilising contractors and workers that already reside and operate in the Gladstone region," the report states.
"During the construction of the first stage of the project, that provides the primary infrastructure to the island the workforce will travel from within the local community to the site each day."
But over the 14-year construction, developers expect workers "may choose to buy or rent accommodation in the project".
Population projections show the island will reach about 3000 by 2025 and its peak of 3900 by 2030.
THE PACIFICUS Tourism Project will be constructed in stages with the first stage upgrading the infrastructure to allow workers and equipment to get to Hummock Hill Island.
The Proposed Change to Project report released yesterday states there will be no workers camp on the island.
According to the development schedule in the developers expect to secure state and local Government approvals by mid-2017, allowing construction to begin.
The upgrade of the Bruce Hwy and Turkey Beach Rd, access road to the island and the construction of a bridge over Boyne Creek would start in mid-2017.
The Bruce Hwy work would finish at the end of 2017, access road to the island mid-2018 and the bridge mid-2019.
Development would start on the recycled water treatment plant, waste water treatment plant, desalination plant and power supply mid-2018 and finish mid-2019 ending Stage One of the development.
By the end of 2019 the tourist park, camp ground and motel are expected to be completed.
The 240 room Headland Resort Hotel, Village Apartments, Headland Holiday Homes and Colosseum Village Apartments are expected to be completed by mid-2021.
The retail and commercial stage one won't be completed until the end of 2021.
The rest of the $950 million development is staggered with some projects expected to take about 11 years to complete and the entire project to take 15 years.
PROPERTY developers behind a $950 million resort on Hummock Hill Island resort have released detailed plans of the types of residential and accommodation properties they will place on the market.
The properties, revealed in a detailed 233-page report, are on high, low and medium density subdivisions, along with accommodation subdivides.
In total, there are 770 residential homes and units, and 1925 accommodation dwellings.
Exclusive homes and apartments on a headland, beachfronts, a golf course, or with ocean views are either in low or medium density areas.
But two apartment complexes, both containing 120 two storey apartments, are on high density subdivisions.
The accommodation development will also cater for an array of markets from grey nomads to jet-setting celebrities, with properties on the beachfront, headland, golf course, bushland, a campground, a spa retreat, a motel, and others.
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A COMPLETED "Pacificus" will be a luxury tourism resort with the potential to hold the population of Calliope.
The resort would be nestled into the bush with a condition of the project that the buildings don't extend over the tree canopy, with 50% of the native trees kept on the site.
It will be able to home 1200 permanent residents and 2700 tourists.
These residents will be able to travel from their beachfront villas to a spa retreat, have lunch at a restaurant and move from one place to another in their golf buggies.
There will be squash courts, golf course, tennis courts, pools, airstrip, helipad, boat hire, cafes, gym, lawn bowls, Aboriginal cultural centre, marine centre, tackle shop and community markets.
Accommodation wise there will be 20 different options, from two five star hotels, to villas, homes, apartments and cottages.
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HUMMOCK Hill Island Resort project manager John Kelly said the resort called Pacificus would be a boost in eco-tourism, jobs and business opportunities for the Gladstone region.
"Visitors to Pacificus will be able to experience a remarkable selection of recreational experiences," he said.
He said some of the activities would include Great Barrier Reef visits, estuary fishing, lazing on the beaches, water sports, golf, tennis, nature walks, educational and research programs, restaurants and entertainment.
Tourist facilities at the Hummock Hill Resort.
|Life Saving Club|
|Sports centre: gym, tennis, squash courts and lawn bowls|
|Boat/canoe hire/bait and tackle shop|
|Helicopter trips to the GBR Islands|
|Cafes and restaurants|
|Tourist Information Centre|
|Aboriginal Cultural Centre|
|Terrestrial and Marine Centre|
|Lookout on Hummock Hill Summit|
Mr Kelly said there would be 700 full time positions created when the project is completed with a further 850 flow-on jobs in the region. "
"Rewarding permanent career opportunities will be available, particularly to younger people in the tourism and associated services sectors," he said.
"(These people) will no longer have to move away from the Gladstone region, with these quality jobs being available near their families and existing social networks."
He said there would be a strong demand for local employment during construction with more than 3200 new jobs.
"The development can be constructed entirely by local contractors and builders," he said.
"It will also be the first totally new major integrated resort developed on the entire length of the Great Barrier Reef Coast in nearly 30 years."
There will also be a designated marine research centre for ecological and environmental monitoring.
THE $950 million proposed Hummock Hill Island Resort, an hours drive south of Tannum Sands, is getting closer to a reality after 16 years of planning.
The developers, Eaton Place Pty Ltd, have released a new plan for the development to meet the conditions of the Department of State Development Infrastructure and Planning.
The developers now only need to seek the approval of the State Government and Gladstone Regional Council for the project to go ahead.
The proposed changes show the project is still moving forward after receiving Federal Government approval in November.
In the proposed changes the golf course is moved, the master plan area has reduced in size and there will be more buffer areas to protect native vegetation.
The 233 page proposed changes to the project is an extensive document going into which flora and fauna is being protected and how the development will follow the guidelines for a Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area.
But the changes won't affect the impact the resort would have on the tourism industry in Gladstone, with a proposed 700 full time positions and a further 850 flow-on jobs in the region.
There will also be more than 3500 new jobs created during the construction period.
The proposed changes are open for public viewing and comment from today until October 10.
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