Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

GKI Locals' Concerns Allayed; Revitalising the Island Unpopular

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

GKI Locals' Concerns Allayed; Revitalising the Island Unpopular

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Byline: Leighton Smith Leighton.Smith@capnews.com.au

WHEN the Queensland Government announced its plan to spend $25m to revitalise Great Keppel Island, you would have assumed island locals would be delighted.

Praised as a "game-changer", the commitment to invest $25m to provide GKI with power and water from the mainland, sewerage treatment, public jetty and boat ramp along with new amenities for visitors, is understood to be an unpopular spending decision for locals on the island.

GKI locals have told The Morning Bulletin that they didn't want to be hooked up to power and water from the mainland given that they were already self sufficient and were "not sitting here in the dark".

Relying on gravity-fed rainwater and underground water as well as solar powered electrical systems, locals would have to shoulder the expense of refitting their houses if they were to tap into the offered amenities.

Another of their concerns was the perception that the funding was largely for the benefit of GKI Resort developer Tower Holdings rather than locals. Older documentation of their plans from 2013 indicated Tower would be the entity responsible for distributing these amenities on the island when they were shouldering the costs of infrastructure connecting to the mainland.

Livingstone Mayor Bill Ludwig sought to allay locals' concerns and said the infrastructure would be available to the public on the island with the distribution of power likely to be delivered by Energy Queensland and LSC providing the water with a separate maintenance agreement was arranged for the sub-marine pipeline.

"There's a memorandum of understanding in place, the request that Livingstone put to (Tourism Minister) Kate Jones last year was for trunk infrastructure to be supplied to the whole of the island," Cr Ludwig said. …

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