Project overview*

EIS status Approved with conditions
Description Redevelopment of Great Keppel Island Resort, including demolition of the existing resort and its replacement with a substantial low-rise, eco-tourism resort.
Proponent GKI Resort Pty Ltd (a subsidiary of Tower Holdings)
Location/s Great Keppel Island, 12 km off the coast of Yeppoon, central Queensland. Map
Local Government/s Rockhampton Regional Council
Key features
  • 250-room hotel
  • 750 eco-tourism villas
  • 300 eco-tourism apartments
  • 250-berth marina
  • ferry terminal
  • yacht club
  • retail village
  • 18-hole championship golf course
  • 575 ha environmental park

* Project information supplied by proponent and subject to change.

Environmental impact statement (EIS) process

6 February 2014 Commonwealth Minister for the Environment’s variation to conditions (PDF icon 300 KB)
5 March 2013 Commonwealth Minister for the Environment’s approval of controlled action, subject to conditions. More information
1 March 2013 Coordinator-General's report on EIS (PDF icon 1.9 MB) released.
29 November 2012 Supplementary information to EIS (PDF icon 756 KB) submitted.
28 July 2012 to
7 September 2012
Public consultation on EIS.
3 June 2011 Queensland Government's terms of reference for EIS (PDF icon 396 KB) released.
21 February 2011 Australian Government's EIS guidelines (PDF icon 4.96 MB) released.
2 October 2010 to
29 November 2010
Public consultation on:
  • Queensland Government's draft terms of reference for EIS and
  • Australian Government's draft EIS guidelines
4 July 2010 Project deemed a controlled action by Commonwealth Minister for the Environment. More information
1 June 2010 Project referred to Commonwealth Minister for the Environment.
28 August 2009 Gazettal of 'significant project' declaration (PDF icon 213 KB)
17 July 2009 Application, including initial advice statement (PDF icon 2.46 MB), submitted.

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Revised project

GKI Resort's initial proposal (referred to the Commonwealth Minister for the Environment on 22 September 2009) was rejected by the minister due to its unacceptable impacts on the environment.

In response, the proponent substantially revised the project before again referring it to the minister on 1 June 2010.

Media releases

Further information

For more information, visit the Great Keppel Island Revitalisation Plan website.