Third Development Plan for Great Keppel Island Announced

The Tower Holdings has  confirmed it will submit a third proposal for a low-rise resort on Great Keppel Island early in 2010.

Tower Holdings’ previous proposal was rejected by the Federal Government last month because of environmental concerns, but the company has now vowed to submit a scaled back plan.

Tower Holdings’ previous proposal, including a 300 room hotel, a ferry terminal, retail village, golf course and sporting oval, was rejected by the Federal Environment Minister last month because of the impact it would have on the world heritage area.

After meeting with Peter Garrett’s department, Tower Holdings has now decided to submit a more environmental sustainable plan.

The project’s development manager, Anthony Aiossa, says the company was disappointed at the decision but it is keen to move ahead.

Mr Aiossa says he is confident the new plan will address all of the Minister’s concerns.

“It has only strengthened our resolve to demonstrate that you can build tourism activities on this island,” he said.

The new plan is expected to include a commitment renewable energy, a sustainable water supply system and an environmentally friendly design.