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 includes the $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.
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 has been sought in the master planning through scheduled community consultation and will be followed by further public consultation on the Draft Master plan.
The Queensland Government is 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.
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The GKI Master plan project comprises three stages of community engagement following initial inception and mobilisation:
Master plan vision.
Master plan options generation.
Draft master plan - Final stages of drafting
Final master plan.
The project is currently in stage three of the Draft master plan.
In July 2021, the Department of State Development, Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning commenced master planning for Great Keppel Island informed by a community-based Project Reference Group.
To date, through a series of community-based workshops with the Project Reference Group, a shared vision, key supporting principles, a concept map and common user infrastructure priorities have been agreed as the foundation of the Master plan.
Local community consultation on the shared vision and draft illustrative concept plan occurred in November 2022 as part of the options generation to inform the Draft Master plan which is now in the final stages of drafting.
Once the Draft Master plan has been finalised it will be released for public consultation.
The Master planning process has also been informed by the current work of the Queensland Parliament Transport and Resources Committee Inquiry into the Economic and Regulatory Frameworks for Queensland’s Island Resorts that commenced in February 2022.
Further, the Department of Tourism, Innovation and Sport is continuing to deliver the GKI Rejuvenation Project to deliver the Queensland Government’s $30 million commitment for common-user infrastructure for GKI. Work is currently underway to evaluate options for improving access to GKI, which was identified by local stakeholders through the Master planning process as the top priority. Investigations are also underway on improvements to sewerage water treatment on Island, also identified as a common user infrastructure priority.
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Last updated: 15 Feb 2023