Published on : Monday, February 6, 2017
A huge Kangaroo Island tourist resort overlooking the Great Australian Bight and creating 280 ongoing jobs has been given the nod by the state’s planning panel. Work is expected to commence by January 2019 and get completed by January 2022. Development cost would be around $22 million in 32ha of land. The resort’s 323 rooms will be spread across a four-storey hotel, 10 seven-storey accommodation lodges, 20 cottages and 20 cabins. The facilities will include conference benefit for 400 people, restaurant and bar, a cooking school and kitchen garden, and a 2km pedestrian loop.
It’s still not clear whether this resort will be classified as four or five star destination. The resort is expected to create 280 jobs in hotel management, catering, housekeeping and event management. Wendy Campana, Kangaroo Island Commissioner said that the resort will add to the high-end accommodation facilities which are already available.
This resort is expected to attract tourists from all over the world. According to official statistics, Kangaroo Island had 132,000 visitors in the 12 months to September 2016, 42,000 of whom were foreign tourists. According to Planning Minister John Rau, “This development and others will help us push our case. Having the Flying Kangaroo flying to Kangaroo Island would be a game-changer for visitors and locals.”