Great Keppel Island Infrastructure Investment
Posted on September 25th, 2018
Last week, I had the pleasure of co-hosting with Pat O’Driscoll from Knight Frank, some very keen international investors to Great Keppel Island.
This Tuesday, I attended a round table discussion with the Hon Anthony Albanese, Shadow Federal Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Cities and Regional Development, Shadow Minister for Tourism, to discuss tourism infrastructure on Great Keppel Island. With the state government via the Hon Minister Kate Jones MP having already committed $25 Million to deliver power and water to Great Keppel Island, it was a great opportunity to discuss with the Federal Shadow Minister some synergies. Local operators including Great Keppel Island accommodation and our local ferry and cruise companies were present as well as Member for Keppel Brittany Lauga and Senator Murray Watt.
We were also able to discuss the need for Government programs to provide appropriate support to our local and regional tourism operators, as well as filling funding gaps across the tourism industry. I’m pleased that the submission by Capricorn Enterprise formulated back in February 2017 outlining opportunities to stimulate the tourism industry in Northern Australia was referred to in detail. That submission not only allowed Capricorn Enterprise to provide evidence at the Federal Government’s Joint Standing Committee on Northern Australia earlier this year, but it also played a major role in the Federal Opposition’s Policy announcement to quarantine $1 billion dollars from the Northern Australia Infrastructure Fund (NAIF) to support tourism projects in Northern Australia.