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Great Keppel (Wop-pa) Island Master Plan Project

The Great Keppel (Wop-pa) Island (GKI) Master Plan Project forms a key part of the Queensland Government’s commitment to revitalise tourism on GKI which also includes the Government’s $30 million commitment towards common-user infrastructure.

The Queensland Government is committed to working closely with island stakeholders to facilitate tourism development and deliver the supporting infrastructure that will help grow tourism on the island and generate jobs and expenditure in Central Queensland.

The Master plan will guide the future actions of the community and private investors and present a vision for the future with long term goals and objectives. It will be an aspirational document that involves the community and other stakeholders.

The Master plan will aim to:

  • enhance GKI as a premier tourism destination in Queensland
  • facilitate development and investment aspirations through identifying preferred tourism development opportunities that align with the current and future tourism and investment market and the community’s vision for the island
  • identify priority common-user infrastructure for improving island accessibility, amenity, appearance, sustainability, operability and supporting tourism opportunities
  • consider the planning constraints and opportunities associated with infrastructure, land tenure, environmental and cultural heritage values and stakeholder aspirations
  • protect the core characteristics that make GKI the special place that it is by protecting important resources on the island and preserving areas of environmental and cultural significance
  • facilitate the revitalisation of GKI for the benefit of the visitors, businesses and the community
  • acknowledge the Woppaburra People as the traditional owners of the island and surrounding Sea Country and ensure cultural values are considered.

Acknowledgement of country

The Department of State Development and Infrastructure Local Government and Planning (DSDILGP) acknowledge Woppa - Great Keppel Island the Traditional Woppaburra Land and Sea Country of the Keppel Islands. We pay our respects to Elders, past, present and future.

We acknowledge Woppaburra as the Traditional Custodians of Woppa - Great Keppel Island and their ongoing connection and Cultural Heritage, which includes responsibility for their Sacred Land and Sea Country, Totems, Language, Songlines.

DSDILGP recognises Woppaburra Elders/Custodians and commit to be part of shaping our future footsteps together.

Mugga Mugga totem of the Woppaburra

Consultation

A project reference group which consists of internal and external stakeholders has been established with the following responsibilities:

  • provide those directly involved in the project with a role in shaping the desired project outcomes
  • represent the interests of stakeholders and ensure the project scope aligns with the aspirations of the stakeholder groups
  • provide the Project Coordinator with Queensland Government guidance and feedback to support the Master planning process
  • help to drive the delivery of a Master plan with a shared vision.

Broader community input will be sought on the draft Master Plan.

The Queensland Government is committed to working with the traditional owners of Great Keppel Island, the Woppaburra  people to develop a Master plan that will acknowledge and respect culture, social and environmental values.

Community pop-up consultation sessions will be held during the project. If you're interested in the GKI Master plan and want to find out more, please register for updates.

You can read Issue 1 Great Keppel (Wop-pa) Island Master plan project Community newsletter.

Community members are invited to participate in a general survey to share what you like about Great Keppel Island and your hopes for the future of the island.

Project Status

The GKI Master plan project comprises three stages of community engagement following initial inception and mobilisation:

Timeline

Stage 1

Master plan vision.


Stage 2

Master plan options generation.


Stage 3

Draft master plan.


Stage 4

Final master plan.

The project is currently in stage 1 and preparation is underway for the visioning workshop with the project reference group.

Input to the process

Last updated: 08 Oct 2021