Deputy Premier visits Great Keppel Island
Posted on February 16th, 2022
The Hon Dr Steven Miles Deputy Premier, Minister for State Development, Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning and Minister Assisting the Premier on Olympics Infrastructure, visited Great Keppel Island for the first time on Tuesday 15th February 2021.
Hosted by Member for Keppel Brittany Lauga and joined by Capricorn Enterprise CEO Mary Carroll and Darumbal Elder Bob Muir, the Deputy Premier and senior representatives from the Department toured much of the developed section of the island, inspecting the old resort site, Great Keppel Island Hideaway and Great Keppel Island Holiday Village, as well as Freedom Fast Cats at Pier One and the Keppel Bay Marina within Rosslyn Bay Harbour.
The Deputy Premier talked about the importance of Great Keppel Island reaching its full potential while protecting its unique environment and cultural heritage. He further stated that his visit was “invaluable as discussions continue with potential future owners of leases on the island.”
Member for Keppel Brittany Lauga said “It was great to show Deputy Premier Steven Miles around Great Keppel Island and introduce him to stakeholders like Woppaburra Elder Uncle Bob Muir, Gerry Christie and the GKI Hideaway team. The visit gave the Deputy Premier the opportunity to see the remnants of the old resort and the infrastructure needs of the island with his own eyes.”
Capricorn Enterprise CEO Mary Carroll said “the Deputy Premier listened intently to everyone he met and the genuine interest he showed in our destination is very much appreciated. It is critical for our senior politicians to hear from the business community who work tirelessly to provide tourism experiences to locals and visitors, employ hundreds of people and are key to our economy and caretakers of our natural environment.”
This is the second visit to Great Keppel Island by senior State government Ministers in the past six months, with Minister for Tourism the Hon Stirling Hinchliffe visiting in June 2021.
Read the Media Release from Brittany Lauga MP, Member for Keppel below.