APP’s team of experts has begun work for the Cairns Regional Council on the assessment of the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) on the proposed Aquis Great Barrier Reef Resort.
The proposal lodged with the Commonwealth Department of Environment consists of 7,500 hotel rooms in 8 towers, 2 casinos, a 23,000m2 convention centre, two 5,000m2 theatres, 10,000m2 of retailing, and other resort facilities on a 40ha man made island sitting in a 30ha artificial lake in a 340ha site currently under cane farming.
Our team covers town planning, water and waste water, soil and ground water, economics, transport planning, visual and landscape issues, social impacts, terrestrial and ecological ecology, infrastructure, and flooding, coastal processes and sea level rise.
We recently inspected the Aquis Resort site, and were briefed by the proponent on the nature and details of the site and the proposal at the time.
Next steps in the process will be the lodgement of the formal EIS with the Queensland Coordinator General, followed by the six week formal public consultation period.