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Great Keppel Island Resort Approved

By David Bell

The proposed development of an eco-resort on Great Keppel Island has the go-ahead with approval from all three levels of government.

The resort will be a boon for those with real estate in Rockhampton because of its predicted impact on tourism in the area. Plus, it means increased diversity in the economy.

The Great Keppel Island resort will be Queensland's most significant tourism investment in the last 20 years and the increase in visitor numbers will have a significant flow-on effect for businesses in the area.

The Great Keppel Island revitalisation plan states the resort will generate $150 million per annum for the Capricorn region and will create 1,400 new jobs.

This might encourage young, skilled professionals to stay within the region.

There will also be other great lifestyle benefits for the local community such as improved access to the island and its soon-to-be-built cafes, restaurants and bars.

Those who own or rent property in Rockhampton will also be able to enjoy activities such as bushwalking, fishing and golfing on the island.

The new development will be a leader in environmentally sustainable tourism with a range of accommodation on offer including free-standing eco-villas and eco-apartments with rooftop solar panels and rainwater tanks.

It will also be the first resort in Australia to feed power back to the grid.

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