Future development of the ‘Hook Island national park
A deserted Whitsunday island , Hook Island, plans to be re-established as a major tourist destination pending approval from the Whitsunday Regional Council.
In the plan, they propose to a future development of the islands national park along with plans for the first two stages of an eco-resort.
The councilors were in favor of the ideal time to push an eco-themed attraction to offer visitors to the region a greater range of accommodation options alongside existing five-star island hotels in the region.
Mayor Cr Andrew Willcox was interested to see how developers implemented some of the more unusual sustainability measures proposed, such as guests using bicycles to generate electricity, while Cr Gary Simpson said the eco-resort concept was “a step in the right direction”.
The resort will accommodate a maximum of 100 people, including day-trippers, in the areas of Stingray Bay and Main Beach, leaving other regions including Headland and Treetops for later development.
The plan did not include the construction timeframes or costs, but its approval remains valid for 20 years.
The proponent, Hook Island Eco Resort Pty Ltd, announces the retreat will reestablish the tourism use of the island, which has lain “abandoned and dormant” since the closure of the cyclone-damaged Hook Island Underwater Observatory in 2010.
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