Tuesday, March 8, 2016

$600 million redevelopment of Lindeman Island resort in the Whitsundays

Plans are afoot for a $600 million redevelopment of Lindeman Island resort in the Whitsundays.




White Horse Australia Lindeman Pty Ltd has gained ‘coordinated project’ status for its proposal to revive the cyclone-battered island getaway as an integrated resort with five precincts.

Lindeman Island was one of the first islands in the 74 Whitsunday islands group to be used as a tourist resort, with tourist operations commencing in 1923 when Angus Nicholson established a camp for visitors.  Prior to this time the Island was used for sheep grazing following the issue of a lease in 1905.  The major tourist investment on the island occurred when Club Med established their first Australian resort in 1992.  It was a 225 room 3 star resort with an emphasis on families, adventure and entertainment.  Club Med spent in the order of $85 million in 1990 on the development of the Resort.  
White Horse Australia Lindeman Pty Ltd propose to redevelop the existing resort at Lindeman Island into a world class integrated tourist resort with a Spa, Tourist Villas and Safe Harbour.  The proposed design incorporates environmental improvements to protect the values of the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area and set new international standards in environmental sustainability and integrated resort design.   
The redevelopment will result in a world class experience, which will not only lift the marketability of the island but also reposition and revitalise the Whitsundays and Queensland as a vibrant domestic and international tourist destination.  The proposal would contribute to achieving the Queensland Government initiatives to double annual tourism visitor expenditure to $30 billion by 2020 and would seek to increase the labour force and increase accommodation capacity in line with the Commonwealth’s Tourism 2020 Strategy
The construction and operation of the proposed resort will have significant impact on Regional GDP with a final development cost of approximately $600 million and the creation of approximately 865 construction jobs (on‐site and off‐Island during the construction period) and 1,100 part time, full time and casual jobs once operational (including 300 staff on the Island).   
The proponent, who has links to one of China’s largest advertising and media groups, seeks to build several five and six-star facilities, including a 50-berth marina.
The existing Club Med resort on the island closed in January 2012 after suffering damage from Tropical Cyclone Yasi. White Horse purchased the resort lease the following April.
While the location of buildings, density of development, infrastructure and the Safe Harbour, are to be refined through the EIS process, key aspects of the proposal comprise: 


  •  Beach resort ‐ redevelopment of existing resort to achieve a new 5 star beach resort with 136 suites, conference centre, beach club and a new central facilities building which includes restaurants, bars and lounges; 
  •  Spa resort ‐ on the headland adjacent to the existing resort a new 6 star Spa resort is proposed with 55 villas,  central facilities, entry lounge, Spa, sea view restaurant, pool and signature rock bar.  The signature rock bar is proposed to be located at the south‐west corner of the headland and will provide spectacular alfresco dining close to the sea; 
  •  Tourist villa precincts ‐ two tourist precinct villa precincts accommodating 95 tourist villas are proposed to the north‐east and the north‐west of the existing resort; 
  •  Eco resort ‐ a new 5 Star Eco Resort is proposed at the northern end of the lake gently falling towards the western coastline and will consist of 49 villas, a central facility, a boathouse and a waterside restaurant; 
  • Village ‐ a central village precinct is proposed that will accommodate a bar, night club, restaurant, conference facility buildings, arrival centre, shops, restaurants, sport and recreation centre and a staff village;  
  • Services infrastructure precinct ‐ the existing services including power (solar arrays proposed), sewerage and water treatment plants will be replaced to increase capacity and reflect current best practice; 
  •  Airstrip ‐ the existing airstrip is proposed to be upgraded to provide for near all‐weather status and capable of landing small jets and helicopters; 
  •  Golf course ‐ a four hole golf course is proposed adjacent to the tourist villa precinct (a reduction in size from the existing layout);
  • Safe harbour ‐ a new Safe Harbour is proposed to provide access for the transfer of guests via ferries, luxury vessels and private charters which offers greater protection from the prevailing wind directions; and 
  • Ecotourism and environmental enhancements ‐ new ecotourism opportunities are proposed, including a coral planting program and a National Park and Great Barrier Reef Educational Centre (for guests and visitors).  A vegetation replanting program is also proposed over previously disturbed/cleared areas.
Lindeman Island is within the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area and the EIS will be subject to detailed scrutiny and full public consultation



The resort will be powered by a hybrid energy generation system, combining diesel generation and solar PV technology/battery storage.  The resultant change will be a vast improvement over current installations in terms of energy efficiency and environmental impact. The development will aim to minimise its use of energy by incorporating state‐of‐the‐art Environmentally Sustainable Design (ESD) features such as: 

  • Building design to maximise natural flow ventilation and reduce the need for air conditioning; 
  • Building design to maximise natural light and reduce power requirements; 
  • Low energy usage appliances installed in all buildings; 
  • Transportation around the island to be predominantly by foot, bicycle or electric carts; 
  • Motion sensors to be installed in buildings to reduce energy use wastage;
  • State‐of‐the‐art energy metering to monitor and manage energy usage and efficiency.




The proponent is currently preparing an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) in order  to comprehensively understand the environmental, social, and economic impacts of the project.
Areas examined as a part of the EIS include:
  • Tenure and Land Use;
  • Coastal and Marine Environment; 
  • Flora and Fauna;
  • Hazards, health and safety;
  • Air, Noise & Vibration;
  • Social and Economic; 
  • Cultural Heritage;
  • Transport, Infrastructure and Waste; and 
  • Water Quality and Water Resources.


In early 2016, consultants working for White Horse Australia Lindeman Pty Ltd (the project proponents) will be completing a variety of studies and research in the above areas, and talking to key stakeholders about the potential impacts of the project on the region. 

It is anticipated that the draft EIS will be available for public consultation by mid 2016.





Friday, March 4, 2016

QLD Flood Watch: Coastal Catchments Between Rollingstone and St Lawrence

Threat Level YELLOW


QLD Flood Watch: Coastal Catchments Between Rollingstone and St Lawrence


Source: Bureau of Meteorology

INITIAL FLOOD WATCH FOR COASTAL CATCHMENTS BETWEEN ROLLINGSTONE AND ST LAWRENCE

Issued at 1:29 pm EST on Friday 4 March 2016
Issue Number: 1
Rain areas, showers and storms are expected during Friday over the northeastern
tropics from an upper trough which lies in the far north of the state. From
Saturday this upper trough will slowly move southwards over the central coast.
A surface trough will likely deepen offshore of the central coast during Sunday
and Monday.

Widespread daily rainfall totals of 50-150 mm are forecast from Saturday
through until Monday, with isolated higher totals in excess of 150 mm possible
associated with storms.

River level rises above the minor flood level are possible.

Heavy rainfall may also lead to localised flash flooding.

Catchments at risk within the Flood Watch area include Bluewater Creek and the
Black, Bohle, Ross, Haughton, Don, Proserpine and Pioneer Rivers.

See www.bom.gov.au/qld/warnings to view the current flood warnings for
Queensland.

This Flood Watch means that people living or working along rivers and creeks
should monitor the latest weather forecasts and warnings and be ready to move
to higher ground should flooding develop.

See www.bom.gov.au/qld/flood/brochures/flood_watch/ for further information
about Flood Watch.

Remember: If it's flooded, forget it.

For flood emergency assistance contact the SES on 132 500

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Thursday, March 3, 2016

Airlie Aqua Park's move to Bowen Delayed!


Airlie Aqua Park's move to Bowen delayed as they are forced to wait 16 weeks for the approval process at GBRMPA and will not be operating during the school holidays.

As reported in the Whitsunday Times, "Airlie Aqua Park owner Jason Ford has gone through setback after setback as he's tried to find a new location for his giant inflatable water park. His hopes of opening over Easter have now diminished, as the wait time for approval from the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park is a minimum of 16 weeks - too late for the holidays."
"It's disappointing to find out again that it's not looking likely. Particularly when I'm going to provide half a dozen jobs. I understand there has to be a process but for the normal application process to take 16 weeks is just ridiculous" he said.
"Mr Ford said that Council had been supportive "and fast-tracked my application".
"They were very happy for me to operate in Bowen and the same with Bowen Tourism and its 270 members, as is the Bowen Community at large.
On top of the 16 week wait with Marine Parks, there is also an $8500 application fee.

The image below is of Airlie Aqua Park's Facebook page








As published in The Times 3rd March 2016

Saturday, February 6, 2016

QLD Flood Watch: Coastal Catchments Between Mackay & Townsville

Threat Level YELLOW


QLD Flood Watch: Coastal Catchments Between Mackay & Townsville


Source: Bureau of Meteorology

Issued at 12:00 pm EST on Saturday 6 February 2016

Issue Number: 5

A coastal trough currently off the Central Coast will move slowly northwards in the days ahead. Thunderstorm activity will contract northwards from Sunday.

Heavy rainfall associated with thunderstorms are expected to produce 50-100 mm with localised totals in excess of 150mm possible in a 24 hour period. Thunderstorm activity may occur for several days. A severe weather warning for heavy rainfall, which may lead to flash flooding, is current for parts of the Flood Watch area.

River level rises above the minor flood level are possible, particularly in areas that have received significant rainfall recently.

Heavy rainfall may also lead to localised flash flooding.

Catchments at risk within the Flood Watch area include the Pioneer, Proserpine, Don, Bowen, Broken, Bogie, Haughton, Ross, Bohle Rivers and Black and Bluewater Creeks.

Separate flood warnings are current for the Fitzroy and Burnett River catchments (see link below).

See www.bom.gov.au/qld/warnings to view the current flood warnings for Queensland.

This Flood Watch means that people living or working along rivers and creeks should monitor the latest weather forecasts and warnings and be ready to move to higher ground should flooding develop.

See www.bom.gov.au/qld/flood/brochures/flood_watch/ for further information about Flood Watch.

Remember: If it's flooded, forget it.

For flood emergency assistance contact the SES on 132 500

For life threatening emergencies, call Triple Zero (000) immediately

Current emergency information is available at www.qldalert.com
Weather Forecast:

For the latest weather forecasts see: www.bom.gov.au/qld/forecasts

This advice is also available by dialling 1300 659 219 at a low call cost of 27.5 cents, more from mobile, public and satellite phones.

Warning, rainfall and river information are available at www.bom.gov.au/qld/flood

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Wednesday, February 3, 2016

QLD Flood Watch: Wide Bay & Burnett, C Highlands & Coalfields, Capricornia, Central Coast to Whitsundays

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QLD Flood Watch: Wide Bay & Burnett, C Highlands & Coalfields, Capricornia, Central Coast to Whitsundays


Source: Bureau of Meteorology

INITIAL FLOOD WATCH FOR PARTS OF THE WIDE BAY & BURNETT, CENTRAL HIGHLANDS &
COALFIELDS, CAPRICORNIA, AND CENTRAL COAST TO WHITSUNDAYS FORECAST DISTRICTS
Issued at 3:12 pm EST on Wednesday 3 February 2016
Issue Number: 1

A coastal trough is forecast to develop in the Fraser Coast area on Thursday
and move slowly north to the Central Coast by Friday. The system is expected to
become slow-moving near the Central Coast over the weekend. Widespread showers,
storms and rain areas are expected to develop near the trough.

Widespread 24 hour rainfall totals of 50-100 mm are forecast, with locally
heavy falls up to 300 mm likely, mainly about the coast and ranges. Rainfall
will persist over some areas for more than 24 hours.

River level rises above the minor flood level are likely, particularly in areas
that have received significant rainfall recently.

Heavy rainfall may also lead to localised flash flooding.

Catchments at risk within the Flood Watch area include the Cherwell-Burrum,
Burnett, Kolan, Baffle, Boyne, Calliope, Fitzroy, Pioneer, Proserpine and Don,
and southern parts of the Burdekin catchment.

See www.bom.gov.au/qld/warnings to view the current flood warnings for
Queensland.

This Flood Watch means that people living or working along rivers and creeks
should monitor the latest weather forecasts and warnings and be ready to move
to higher ground should flooding develop.

See www.bom.gov.au/qld/flood/brochures/flood_watch/ for further information
about Flood Watch.

Remember: If it's flooded, forget it.

For flood emergency assistance contact the SES on 132 500

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Sunday, January 3, 2016

QLD Severe Thunderstorm Warning: Heavy Rain

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QLD Severe Thunderstorm Warning: Heavy Rain


Source: Bureau of Meteorology

For people in parts of the
Herbert and Lower Burdekin and
Central Coast and Whitsundays Forecast Districts.

Issued at 5:23 am Sunday, 3 January 2016.

Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding in the warning area over the next several hours.

Locations which may be affected include areas inland of Bowen and near Proserpine.

Rainfall of 77mm in an hour have been recorded inland of Bowen.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services advises that people should:
* Never drive, walk or ride through flood waters. If it's flooded, forget it.
* Seek shelter, preferably indoors and never under trees.
* Avoid using the telephone during a thunderstorm.
* Beware of fallen trees and powerlines.
* For emergency assistance contact the SES on 132 500.

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Saturday, January 2, 2016

2016 Whitsundays Online - Cruise Ship Schedule for the Whitsundays

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2016 Whitsundays Online
Cruise Ship Schedule for the Whitsundays

DATE
SHIP
CRUISE
ARRIVAL
DEPART
12th January
Legend of the Seas
Royal Caribbean Lines
0700
1600
18th January
Pacific Dawn
P&O Australia
0700
1600
DATE
SHIP
CRUISE
ARRIVAL
DEPART
11th February
Radiance of The Seas
Royal Caribbean Lines
0800
1600
21st February
Sea Princess
Princess Cruises
0700
1600
22nd February
Pacific Dawn
P&O Australia
0700
1600
DATE
SHIP
CRUISE
ARRIVAL
DEPART
8th March
Legend of The Seas
Royal Caribbean Lines
0700
1600
10th March
Voyager of The Seas
Royal Caribbean Lines
0800
1900
13th March
Dawn Princess
Princess Cruises
0700
1800
DATE
SHIP
CRUISE
ARRIVAL
DEPART
22nd April
Legend of The Seas
Royal Caribbean Lines
0700
1600
DATE
SHIP
CRUISE
ARRIVAL
DEPART
26th May
Pacific Dawn
P&O Australia
0700
1700
DATE
SHIP
CRUISE
ARRIVAL
DEPART
4th June
Sun Princess
Princess Cruises
0700
1800
27th June
Pacific Dawn
P&O Australia
0700
1600
DATE
SHIP
CRUISE
ARRIVAL
DEPART
18th July
Pacific Dawn
P&O Australia
0700
1600
DATE
SHIP
CRUISE
ARRIVAL
DEPART
4th August
Pacific Jewel
P&O Australia
0700
1600
12rg August
Pacific Pearl
P&O Australia
0700
1600
DATE
SHIP
CRUISE
ARRIVAL
DEPART
7th September
Sun Princess
Princess Cruises
0700
1800
9th September
Pacific Jewel
P&O Australia
0700
1700
15th September
Pacific Dawn
P&O Australia
0700
1700
26th September
Pacific Dawn
P&O Australia
0700
1600
DATE
SHIP
CRUISE
ARRIVAL
DEPART
10th October
Pacific Dawn
P&O Australia
0700
1700
12th October
Celebrity Solstice
Celebrity Cruises
0800
1700
21st October
Sun Princess
Princess Cruises
0800
1800
28th October
Voyager of The Seas
Royal Caribbean Lines
0900
1700
DATE
SHIP
CRUISE
ARRIVAL
DEPART
4th November
Legend of The Seas
Royal Caribbean Lines
1000
1800
10th November
Celebrity Solstice
Celebrity Cruises
0900
1700
12th November
Pacific Eden
P&O Australia
1000
1600
14th November
Pacific Dawn
P&O Australia
0700
1600
22nd November
Sea Princess
Princess Cruises
0700
1600
DATE
SHIP
CRUISE
ARRIVAL
DEPART
1st December
Pacific Dawn
P&O Australia
0700
1700
12th December
Pacific Dawn
P&O Australia
0700
1600
13th December
Sea Princess
Princess Cruises
0700
1600