In 2012 White Horse Australia Lindeman Pty Ltd (White Horse Australia or proponent) purchased the resort from Club Med. Since this time White Horse Australia has been investigating a range of options to redevelop the site into a world class integrated tourist resort that protects the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage values and set new international standards in environmental sustainability and resort design. The Lindeman Great Barrier Reef Resort Project (proposed resort or project) presented in this Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) would result in a world class experience, which will not only lift the marketability of the island but also revitalise the Whitsundays and Queensland as a vibrant domestic and international tourist destination.
The project has been designed to protect the Outstanding Universal Values (OUV) associated with the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area (GBRWHA) through site responsive design and set new standards in sustainable tourism. Proposed environmental improvements include renewable energy production (solar/diesel hybrid), rehabilitation of disturbed habitats, incorporation of water conservation devices, improvements to stormwater management and a wastewater treatment plant with water treated to Class A+ standard. A National Park and Great Barrier Reef Research Centre is also proposed.
Proposed Masterplan (with safe harbour removed)