October 2012: The time for public comment on the draft Great Keppel Island Development Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) has now closed on (22 October 2012). GKI Resorts Pty Ltd will now prepare the final EIS which must take into account comments received from the public.
About the proposal
GKI Resorts Pty Ltd is proposing to build a marina and tourism development on Great Keppel Island, Queensland.
The development proposal includes:
- New hotel at Fisherman's Beach (250 suites)
- 750 villas and 300 apartments incorporating sustainable building design (53 ha)
- Golf club and 18 hole golf course adjacent to Clam Bay (46 ha)
- Upgrade and extension of existing airstrip
- Marina at Putney Beach (250 berths, emergency facilities, ferry terminal, dry dock storage and vessel sewage pump out facilities, retail area of shops, restaurants)
- Installation of submarine power, water, communications and possibly waste water and gas lines between Great Keppel Island and the mainland
- Service facilities and utilities (waste collection, waste water treatment plant and constructed wetland)
- Research centre and restoration of Leeke's homestead
- Environmental Protection Area of 545 ha (62 per cent of Lot 21)
About the area
The Keppel Islands consists of 12 continental islands lying 18 km off Yeppoon in the Southern Great Barrier Reef. Great Keppel Islands is located within the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area.
Great Keppel Island is known for its diversity of habitats, including unusually high coral cover and fish diversity. A variety of stakeholders use the island, including its Traditional Owners, the Woppaburra tribal group of the Dharumbal nation.
Find more information on the environmental and cultural value of the Keppel Islands
The application requirements
The proposed Great Keppel Island Marina and Tourism Development ("Revitalisation Plan") was referred to the then Minister for Environment Protection, Heritage and the Arts the Hon Peter Garrett AM, MP under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC) to determine whether the application is likely to have a significant impact on a matter of national environmental significance.
On 4 July 2010, Minister Garrett decided the proposed action will require assessment by Environmental Impact Statement under the EPBC Act.
On 21 February 2011, a delegate for the Minister Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities approved the EIS Guidelines for the Revitalisation Plan.
Application for a Marine Parks Permission
The proposed action will require a permit under the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Act 1975, as components of the development are in the marine Park. Therefore, the GBRMPA will assess the application, in accordance with the following legislation:
- Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Act 1975
- Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Regulations 1983
- Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Zoning Plan 2003
The assessment process will also address requirements under the EPBC Act.
Environmental Impact Statement Assessment Process
GKI Resorts Pty Ltd has prepared a draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) which describes the project's potential environmental, social, cultural and heritage effects and how they will be managed .
October 2012: The opportunity for public comment on the draft EIS has closed. GKI Resorts Pty Ltd will now prepare the finial EIS. the final EIS must take into account the public comments received.
The assessment process comprises a number of steps, these steps are outlined in the process diagram.
Any activities that may impact on the Marine Park, specifically the proposed marina and relevant marina service facilities - such as submarine power cables will be assessed by GBRMPA.
Consideration of the application will be in accordance with the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Regulations 1983, specifically noting:
- Mandatory Consideration (Regulation 88Q)
- Discretionary Considerations (Regulations 88R)
GBRMPA will consider the impacts of the proposal on all aspects of the Marine Park, including matters raised in public submissions.
The proposal will be assessed in accordance with GBRMPA policies and management approaches including: