The Place Design Group have an outstanding reputation both nationally and internationally and are no strangers to the Capricorn Coast having delivered the Yeppoon Foreshore revitalisation project including the design for the Yeppoon Lagoon. Council was formally advised of the appointment last week during our delegation to China.
When complete, the new resort will represent one of the largest mainland tourism developments that the region has ever seen. It will take our region one step closer to being able to attract direct international flights into Rockhampton.
While the full scope and design of the final concept plan will not be released until all aspects to the master-plan are fully prepared and documented, the initial elements that are planned for inclusion are certainly exciting.
Elements will include world-class accommodation and tourism facilities, lakes and water features, a focus on taking full advantage of the coastal landscape, seascape and environmental features of the site, as well as providing community access to a range of retail and restaurant offerings.
The company representatives also again confirmed they were keen to explore the possibility of incorporating ocean access to Great Keppel Islands from Coorooman Creek, connectivity with existing boat-ramp facilities and beachfront walking tracks into their master-plans.
Given the importance of the development to our long-term strategic objectives of attracting international tourism to the region, Council will be encouraging the Yuexing Group to also work closely with the State Government through the office of the Coordinator General.
From the outset the Yuexing Group have stated that one of the primary reasons for their investment on the Capricorn Coast is our natural pristine environment, and the fact our region has not been spoilt by overdevelopment.
The Deputy Mayor Nigel Hutton and I were both pleased to once again hear that the Yuexing Group did not want to rush the project to ensure their final design would both compliment the pristine environment and enhance the natural beauty of the area.
There is no doubt from what we have seen of the Yeuxing Groups’ developments in China that they will be delivering a ‘world-class’ integrated resort development. Importantly, developments of this standard are the major catalyst needed to tap into the rapidly growing China and Asian tourism markets.