Queensland’s environment minister Steven Miles has spoken out about the state of some of the areas dilapidated tourist resorts.
He identified the wilderness lodge on Hinchinbrook Island, Brampton holiday resort, the wilderness resort on Hook Island and the once popular club med on Lindeman Island as real causes for concern. All four resorts are abandoned and in various stages of being reclaimed by the environment.
Miles wants to deal with issues holding back investment and lead the way for revival into a flourishing tourism industry.
At a meeting last Friday with the Queensland tourism industry council the Minister said “The embarrassing thing is most are on state-owned land, including national parks – so to do nothing is unacceptable – we need to take action. While I appreciate there is genuine interest in rejuvenating some of these island resorts, I’m concerned not enough is being done fast enough to revitalise these stranded tourism assets.”
There is already some good news for Miles. Chinese company White Horse are planning to develop the once popular Club Med, into a $500 million dollar boutique resort.
The chief executive Paul Nyholt said “We want it to be a very high profile resort and we want it to be one of the best resorts in the world.”