After being decimated by Cyclone Yasi in 2011 and purchased by Chinese tycoon William Han’s company White Horse for $12 million in 2012, Lindeman Island is set to get a new lease of life. The Queensland’s Coordinator-General has just approved the $583 million development earlier this month.
The Queensland’s Coordinator-General has just approved the $583 million development earlier this month.
The new resort, expected to be ready to attract guests by 2022, is going to contribute to a tourism economic boost from China. Han, who heads one of China’s biggest media and advertising empires, promised to promote Queensland and the Whitsundays to his audience of 200 million Chinese people in 25 cities if approval was given. Initial estimates suggest the resort will attract 313,170 visitors per year.
Construction is scheduled to begin in 2019 and will create 300 full-time jobs on Lindeman Island during construction and around 420 direct and indirect jobs in around Mackay. Once the resort is operational, it is expected to generate another 300 jobs on the island and up to 460 jobs in and around Mackay in tourism and associated industries.
The resort will comprise 169 villas, 136 suites, and 20 apartments across three resorts and villa precincts. It will also offer restaurants, a golf course, landing strip, and improved access via a new wharf to marine life for tourists. The developers agreed to a series of environmental conditions including restoring any damage to the national park.
As part of those conditions, White Horse can only undertake minimal clearing of the island, and vegetation must be restored. The resort and tourist area itself will only take up around one-fifth of the island, preserving the Lindeman Islands National Park in the undeveloped portion. The Island sits within The Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area and will also include environmentally sensitive wastewater capture and reuse systems, all to ensure the stormwater runoff and sewage treatment will not adversely affect the fragile ecosystem.
The recycled water will be treated to an A+ recycled water standard.
“Our team walked over the entire site to make sure that each building is located in an area that has the lowest possible environmental impact.“
Other environmental considerations include minimising energy consumption through climatically responsive building design, with all water and energy being self-generated on site.
Paul Nyholt, Chief Executive Officer from White Horse, says that the plans to redevelop the existing resort at Lindeman Island have taken over two years to prepare and are based on comprehensive assessment of the Island’s ecological, cultural, and scenic values. “Our team walked over the entire site to make sure that each building is located in an area that has the lowest possible environmental impact.“
White Horse Lindeman has also proposed environmental improvements such as:
- A new National Park and Great Barrier Reef Education Centre,
- Maintaining walking trails and visitor infrastructure in the National Park areas,
- Rehabilitation of disturbed habitats including the eradication of pest plants.
The architecture, master planning, and landscape design have been undertaken by DBI Design in Surfers Paradise.