GKI REVITALISATION PLAN
Vision – A New Beginning with a Sustainable Future
The vision for the GKI Revitalisation Plan is to create much more than an ordinary tourist destination. The vision is to create a brand new tourism resort with a world class design and world leading environmental features, that will provide the people of Central Queensland and all Australians with an unrivalled opportunity to have fun and enjoy the amazing Great Keppel Island.
The GKI Revitalisation Plan aims to make GKI the ‘greenest’ and most talked about, environmentally responsible tourist destination in the country as well as a leader in global environmental tourism. We want all visitors to GKI to see what is possible, to live what is possible and to take our ideas and practices home with them.
The project mission statement is to ensure that the GKI Revitalisation Plan delivers “the most environmentally sustainable eco-tourism resort ever envisaged in Australia, that will have a positive impact on the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area”.
The GKI Revitalisation Plan will transform areas previously used as an old sheep farm and dilapidated resort into a sustainable eco-tourism resort. The project team has worked with government authorities, conservation groups and community members to ensure that the final design meets expectations and protects the values of the world heritage area.
For the past 25 years, Central Queensland tourism has lagged behind other areas of the State. Far North Queensland, the Whitsundays and South East Queensland have experienced considerable growth as destinations that have actively pursued and encouraged tourism development.
Investment in Central Queensland has historically been focussed on agriculture and mining. In recent years the region has experienced an unprecedented boom in mining. However there continues to be a significant under investment in tourism.
The GKI Revitalisation Plan will place the Region at the forefront of Queensland tourism as a leader in environmentally sustainable tourism practices, providing a new beginning for Queensland tourism.