Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

{TOWER: OUR NEW KEPPEL ISLAND PLAN WON'T FAIL} {'This One Will Improve the Environment' }; Developer Vows to Satisfy Garrett with Scaled-Down Resort

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

{TOWER: OUR NEW KEPPEL ISLAND PLAN WON'T FAIL} {'This One Will Improve the Environment' }; Developer Vows to Satisfy Garrett with Scaled-Down Resort

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Byline: Adrian Taylor adrian.taylor@capnews.com.au

WILL it be third time lucky for Tower Holdings?

The developer confirmed yesterday it would submit a third proposal for a low-rise resort on Great Keppel Island early in the new year.

Anthony Aiossa, the project's manager, said he was confident it could come up with a plan that would satisfy Environment Minister Peter Garrett.

Mr Aiossa said the revised plan would be significantly scaled back and would focus on addressing Mr Garrett's concerns.

"We will use Mr Garrett's issues as the basis for shaping our new plan," he said.

Speaking exclusively to The Morning Bulletin, Mr Aiossa said after two billion-dollar schemes had been rejected, the third plan would not only protect the environment, it would improve it.

Mr Garrett's decision to bin the second proposal has strengthened the company's resolve to demonstrate tourism activities could be developed which were sympathetic to the environment, he said.

"We have been urged by community leaders, business owners, mums and dads and students not to walk away."

He said the company had had a number of meetings with Environment Department officials, brokered by Member for Capricornia Kirsten Livermore, this month, and was encouraged to have another crack.

The company had met with its environmental consultants already and instructed them to work on a proposal that could be subjected to a full environmental impact study.

"We want the plans to be rigorously tested for the local community to have a say. We are hopeful that Minister Garrett will allow this important project with the opportunity of being put through a stringent environmental assessment process," he said.

While the company is unable to give details of how much the new scheme would cost, or how many jobs it might create, it has given an insight into its eco-friendly credentials.

It will include: a serious commitment to the use of renewable energy; a sustainable water supply plan which does not involve the use of the island's groundwater reserves; 100% water recycling and re-use; substantial dedicated conservation areas; no diversion of existing waterways; no adverse run-off into the marine park or wetland area; state-of-the-art sewage treatment system. …

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