This project will investigate opportunities to develop eco-tourism facilities on the island. It will consider issues such as:
- preferred location/s, including current mining sites, for boutique eco-tourism development
- feasibility and identification of boutique ecotourism development, including size, scale, location and private sector interest
- strategies related to the staged transfer of expired mining leases or expansion of national parks and other protected areas.
Activities will include industry, tourism and community engagement to identify the best locations and features of potential development and associated marketing strategies. In identifying potential locations for development, it will aim to provide sufficient certainty to attract prospective investors.
The project also aligns to other NSI ETS initiatives including market research; tourism profile development; developing a strategy for the expansion of national parks and other protected areas and the tourism investor summit.
A number of locations have been proposed as the focus of the site investigation, while others may also be considered.
The Department of State Development is project lead and will work collaboratively with other government agencies and community stakeholders including Quandamooka Yoolooburrabee Aboriginal Corporation and the Straddie Chamber of Commerce.
Department of State Development
- Department of Tourism, Major Events, Small Business and the Commonwealth Games
- Department of Natural Resources and Mines
- Department of National Parks, Sport and Recreation
- Department of Environment and Heritage Protection
- Quandamooka Yoolooburrabee Aboriginal Corporation
- Straddie Chamber of Commerce
- Redland City Council
- Tourism and Events Queensland
Expected economic benefits
- Greater certainty for potential investors
- Expansion of the island’s tourism industry
- Increased tourism visitation, revenue and economic growth
- An increase in tourism, hospitality and supporting services jobs
- Creation of a stronger year-round economy.
Expected social benefits
- Enhanced awareness of the island as a tourism destination appealing to a wider demographic and new markets
- New employment opportunities for island residents.
Expected cultural and environmental benefits
- Promote existing and new businesses ventures that respectfully and sustainably draw on the island’s environmental and cultural strengths
- Promote the island’s strengths and points of difference compared to other tourism locations.
Project achievements to date
- Review existing studies and other information.
Project next steps
- Draft project plan
- Establish a project reference group
- Finalise agreement with project reference group short-listing sites to be investigated in consultation with stakeholders
- Engage a consultant to undertake technical assessment of sites including investigating site attributes and constraints (e.g. land tenure, infrastructure requirements, cultural heritage, planning restrictions)
- Prepare report on preferred investment site(s).