Capricorn Enterprise welcomes $5 million clean up funds for Great Keppel Island announced

The region’s peak tourism and economic development organisation welcomes yesterday’s state budget announcement for additional funding of $5 million in 2024-25 to undertake site security and safety works and pest and vegetation management associated with the former Great Keppel Island Resort Pty Ltd lease areas.  This work will be delivered by the Department of Resources.

Capricorn Enterprise CEO Mary Carroll said “we welcome this much needed funding to clean up the old resort site on Great Keppel Island which has been an eyesore for years.”

“This funding is in addition to the allocation of the $26 million in April this year attached to the release of the Great Keppel Island Concept Master Plan to deliver sewerage treatment plant, new and upgraded boardwalks, gateway precinct for visitors, key technical and feasibility studies for maritime access and cultural centre.”

“It is rewarding to see our advocacy work over many years in partnership with our local businesses and community groups reaping results, although it has been a very long and arduous process.”

“The clean up of the old resort site and the construction of the new sewerage treatment plant on Great Keppel Island is of the utmost urgency, so we look forward to completion of both within six to twelve months maximum.”

“Great Keppel Island is our hero tourism attraction responsible for one quarter of the coast’s economy and deserves critical enabling infrastructure by government to not only attract new resort investment but maintain and support existing accommodation and tour operators who have had more than their fair share of challenges and frustrations over the past decade.”

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