The Great Keppel Island revitalisation project has all the necessary approvals but the developer needs financial support to fund all the stages.

Unless you have taken the time to read through the thousands of pages of information about this development, you don’t really know what it has to offer. It is a “world premier eco – luxury resort and villa development.” Or in simple terms, a once in a lifetime opportunity for all of us.

The people who have slandered the developer, suggested a scaled down version of the development or an alternative master plan, are only highlighting how ignorant, naive and misinformed they are. There is one thing we can all agree on and that is we want something to start happening now.

I’ve been doing a lot of work lately with business start-ups and the challenges we face are no different to the challenges in this project. A person who owns a business start-up will look at the problems and embrace them by thinking of the challenges as opportunities.

Central Queensland is one of the few regional areas in Australia that has its own university, CQ University. We have scientists, researchers and engineers and now with the TAFE merger, we have lots more. With the combined knowledge of these experts, their enthusiasm to learn and get their hands dirty, and a little bit of leadership directed at a united cause, we can start doing something now that will benefit everyone.

Let’s make the first step the construction of the Great Keppel Island Research Centre. This facility will serve as a hub for scientists, students and other stakeholders. A place that will function as an educational resource for everyone in the community. A tourist attraction in itself and its location right on the Great Barrier Reef, makes it the perfect place to monitor the reef and oceans health and well-being.  We can convert some of the old resort villas to onsite accommodation and with what we have left, work out the most sustainable ways to deconstruct the old resort, possibly even recycling materials for the construction of the Research Centre. Use solar and batteries to power as much as possible.

What a perfect way to compliment the North Keppel Island Environmental Education Centre than to have a modern, sustainable state of the art marine research centre on Great Keppel Island! Let’s do this!