It is testament to the high regard in which our ability to develop world’s best Environmental Impact Statements is held that the developers of $600 million integrated tourist resort on Lindeman Island turned to Cardno to help prepare a comprehensive EIS for their project.
Lindeman Island, within the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area, has been one of Queensland’s favourite tourist destinations since 1923 and for two decades, between 1992 and 2012, Lindeman Island was the Australian base for Club Med. Then the three-star resort closed its doors, citing a post-GFC downturn and cyclone damage as the reason.
A consortium connected to Chinese advertising and media company White Horse purchased the island shortly after Club Med’s departure and have proposed a $600 million, world-class destination, consisting of a five-star beach resort, a six-star spa resort and a five-star eco-resort. Tourist villas, a village precinct, golf course, airstrip, safe harbour, a coral planting program, National Park and a Great Barrier Reef Education Centre are also part of the proposed development.
In 2015, the Queensland Government declared special coordinated project status for the Lindeman Island redevelopment.
A co-ordinated project is one overseen by the Coordinator General who manages input from numerous state and federal government agencies, because the project has important environmental considerations requiring complex approval processes.
The first, and one of the most critical, of these approvals is the EIS. Based on our extensive experience and expertise, Cardno was selected to coordinate the EIS for the Lindeman Island resort redevelopment.