'World class': Construction begins on $30m Gladstone region resort
A VISION John Callahan has had for 15 years to make Rules Beach a holiday-goers dream will soon become a reality.
The Tareeda Group property developer's $30m Rules Beach Resort was officially launched on Saturday.
Mr Callahan purchased the 12km stretch of beach front land in 2001 for $960,000 with his plan to create a "small village".
Now it's the "confidence booster" that's been tipped to bring more tourists and jobs to our region.
Listen: Member for Burnett Stephen Bennett shares his thoughts on the $30m resort development:
"Back then it was a lot of money but I just thought it's absolute beach front - that's what really got me," Mr Callahan said.
State Member for Burnett Stephen Bennett said the resort, once built, would bring more tourism opportunities to the Southern Great Barrier Reef, including being a new draw card for international visitors.
"This is great for the region and the economy," Mr Bennett said.
"It's the confidence booster that we need."
"The whole part of our coast is under-recognised, in particular Rules Beach.
"It's off the beaten track, and this resort, on 12 hectares of land, will be world class."
Mr Bennett said the development would support future job opportunities, even when construction is finished, including in cleaning, catering and landscaping.
For the developer, Mr Callahan, who usually has suburban development projects, proposing a beach front resort has been a learning curve.
"You're basically establishing a new town or village on a beach front location.
"That in itself has so many environmental constraints," Mr Callahan said.
Agnes Water excavation company Cross Earthmoving is expected to start pushing dirt this week.
The resort will open partially built by late 2017.
How long it takes to build all 57 homes depends on how fast they sell.
Mr Callahan is confident they won't have too much hassle though, because already they have sent 250 information packs to interested buyers.