Great Keppel Island Resort development

Published: 01/07/2014

Statement from the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority

The Great Keppel Island Resort development proposal was assessed under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC) and the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Act 1975.

The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority issued two permits to GKI Resort PTY Ltd which will allow:

  • construction of submerged and buried utilities pipeline for potable water, electricity and telecommunication
  • construction and operation of a 250 berth marina.

Both of these permits were approved with strict conditions to help protect biodiversity, heritage and social values of the Marine Park. The conditions, which the proponent must meet, also address public concerns raised in the public submission process.

The concerns raised in an email dated 4 February 2013 — which was released under FOI— were discussed with the applicant and relate to a proposed sewage discharge pipeline and impacts on water quality and coral communities of Great Keppel Island’s fringing reefs.

The applicant – GKI Resort Pty Ltd advised the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority on 15 February 2013, that upon further consideration the design had been modified to no longer include a sewage discharge pipeline.

As such no permit was issued for a sewage discharge pipeline.

Any remaining risks were addressed through the strict conditions which the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority imposed on the two permits issued.


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