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13 August 2013

AQUIS ENVIRONMENTAL TERMS-OF-REFERENCE OPEN FOR PUBLIC COMMENT

The Queensland Government office of special projects has released the draft Terms of Reference for the Environmental Impact Report required from the developers of the Aquis Great Barrier Reef Resort.

INFORMATION HERE

This $4+ Billion project will have four weeks of comments, with public input closing 9 September 2013.  Quite a difference to projects like the Gordonvale Woolworth's, that has had three YEARS of consultation.  

Grab your hats, this baby is flyin'.


26 comments:

Anonymous said...

The real question is, will they have Penguins?

Anonymous said...

It's a done deal, all done secretly behind closed doors. Welcome to Newmania.

Argus Tuft said...

The will be penguins and seals and lots and lots of Sharks!

Anonymous said...

It's a complete fantasy. Don't worry about it...like the $1bln Ella Bay project it will never happen. Just do some basic research on the promoter.

Anonymous said...

Well it's receiving special treatment from the Newman Government, being fast tracked etc.

Anonymous said...

I can just see the crocs swimming through it all after the flood plain overflows in a proper wet season

Anonymous said...

"This $4+ Billion project will have four weeks of comments, with public input closing 9 September 2013"

Yep ... we gotta get this baby goin'

Cairns will be n a roll for years.
If you're smart - take advantage.
If you're dumb - then whinge and whine.

Anonymous said...

Hi anonymous above.
You are so right.
I just bought some apartments at Yorkeys today.
Specifically to accomodate some tradies that will work there.
They will easily make 250% capital gain in 3 years.
And they should pull $500 week in rent.
That's a 17% return gross!

Hurry up with that approval.

jim cavill said...

mmm well this no vapor story as it is the developers money not a speculation real estate deal

KitchenSlut said...

Oh dear! The spruikers are in already! Can't wait for a 'Get Rich' property seminar at the boat club!

Anonymous said...

Yorkeys Knob residents with $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ in their eyes and no brains are already boasting of the untold riches of their properties if Aquis goes ahead, on The Cairns Post website. Fools. Go have a looksee.

JOHN MACKENZIE'S HILLBILLY WATCH said...

One only needs to look at Las Vegas, Atlantic City, Macau, and other places with casinos.

The cheapest, shittiest, low-class drug-addled accommodation is what is adjacent to the casinos. Yorkey's residents are likely to see their property values driven DOWN, not up.

Alison Alloway said...

I believe there is still a study to be done by James Cook University examining all environmental and economic impacts as well. Overheard some people talking the other day concerning AQUIS, when one made the comment:- "Mackenzie reckoned Val's Entertainment Precinct would be a white elephant, but funny, he isn't saying anything about this one."
Other Person: "Oh don't talk to me about Mackenzie."
I didn't say anything.

Anonymous said...

If the research undertaken by HBW is correct and Fung Beach (formerly known as Yorkeys Knob) is created, does it matter what the JCU study says about the environment and social impact. Will the New man, or Rudd or Abbott or the Fish give a shit about the property values of a few houses in Fung Beach. Based on the precedence set so far by the New man government and its behaviour, I cannot see any concern being given to the few people that own property in Fung Beach, unless of course they sell to Tony so he can house the thousands of Chinese engineers on their way to build the man made wonder.

Fung Beach and Penguins

JETHRO said...

Let the fools dream on. Wonder what the tuberculosis level will be like after the tens of thousands of Chinese and Asians head here to build and work on the complex. See where Entsch is only screaming about PNG and "the boat people" and not about the real threat.

Anonymous said...

These Aquis people are really getting serious aren't they? with Tv adverts,and a shopfront at Cairns Central. I don't recall any of the other "Huge Project" proposals spending this much money at this early stage (Etta Bay etc). Maybe this time it is serious, so we, the people, need to get involved and ask more questions about who will benefit apart from Mr Fung and the American gambling outfit mentioned in a previous article. If this goes ahead, and it now seems likely, Cairns will never again be the City we know and love. I agree with HBW 10.32. Who thinks the JCU Environment study will have any impact on the final decision?

ruby said...

Agreed Anonymous 08.55 above. There isn't any ironclad guarantee the James Cook University study will be impartial. Fung could negotiate throwing them some moolah to get a favourable report, that's the way business is done in China anyway.
Ive never doubted that this is a serious proposal. The unprecedented hysteria campaign launched by Mackenzie and King against the Entertainment Precinct and Val Schier was proof enough something huge in the way of personal $ was behind it. (I wonder how much Mackenzie got paid for his part in shafting Cairns people? Geez he must have laughed.)
I also have no doubts that AQUIS will, probably in a short period of time, not only completely monopolise the Chinese tourist trade, but will monopolise the convention and casino trades as well. With its 20,000 rectangular sports stadium it will attract the more lucrative big sports events.
The Cairns Post has adopted a cringeworthy, fawning, bowing and scraping attitude towards Fung and his proposal. They are not looking at the adverse impacts such a huge complex will make on our own existing tourist industry. Warren Entsch has already been on Mackenzie talking AQUIS up and making it out to be God's gift to FNQ (as well as himself of course).
Locals only seem to see the glitzy, slick appeal of the proposal and unable to look beyond that.
I'm hoping that the local tourist operators get themselves together and do some serious negotiations with Fung. If they don't get in there now, to guarantee their own custom and livelihoods, then we will, as Neil has pointed out, be handing over to a Hong Kong developer our most viable industry in Far North Queensland on a plate.

AQUIS LOOKS LIKE A VULCAN CITY said...

Bah, read in todays Cairns Post August 15, 2013 where the Cairns Regional Council are claiming the AQUIS Resort is too big for them to handle and they are 'OUTSOURCING" the development application. Now didn't Cambpell Newman hand over full responsibility for development approvals to Councils once he was elected? WTF is going on?
I just had a look at the Aquis Resort plans again and it looks pretty much to me like something from the movie "Alien" or a Vulcan city in Star Trek. It is alien and futuristic in appearance, not tropical. Frankly, it is an ugly looking development only made pleasant looking because of the blue water. Once it is overcast or raining, it will look as morbid as a Vulcan city.

Anonymous said...

It's already been labeled "The Frontloader" by the locals.

Anonymous said...

You're right. If it didn't have all that pretty aqua blue water, it would be as ugly and intimidating as a Vulcan city. Let's not all forget that it is technically, a city which will be self-contained. Fung will probably ship in all the foodstuffs and groceries, wine and beer himself.

Anonymous said...

Wheather a dream or a vision,an opportunity to realise for all the community.A good feel story our city has relished for a long time.I say to some regular contributors to this blog who are the negative of anything positive for this town ,perhaps find another blog, no doubt the only voice you here is your own, perhaps get off the computer walk outside, smell the roses , feel the sun as their is a life outside criticism and negativity,constant personal attacks on certain individuals is sad and demeaning, i question the mental state of some contributors

Anonymous said...

Wow Anonymous 16.35, you're living in the wrong country. Head off to Zimbabwe or Haiti where if you disagree with Papa or Mr President you will find yourself a certified lunatic and in an asylum. Are you in Fung's pocket?

Anonymous said...

Anonymous 16.35, there are some very genuine realistic concerns here. Why is this being so rapidly fast tracked? Why is there so little time for community consultation? Why was the entire deal kept silent for so long and there was no transparency? What went on in the background?
No we can't be happy little vegemites jumping up and down and chanting "goody goody gumdrops" when there are serious questions to be answered.

Anonymous said...

Apart from its size it looks unimpressive. It really needs to look better to be make an impact on the world stage. I doubt it will get built without some serious redesign, this is just to get the ball rolling I think. It's certainly not in keeping with the Cairns tropical city feel. Cairns needs something but not this monster.

Seth at Port said...

FUNG'S "VULCAN CITY" straight out of Star Trek, yeah I like it, I like it. Yeah it's going to be shit awful, gloomy, dark and menacing looking when its raining and grey and the water is all grey and brown.

Anonymous said...

The Terms of Reference are simply not complete. No mention of misbalance to the community and economy, potential effects of climate change, effect on marine ecosystems to mention a few. AN example of Greed at its most prominent and some desperate people lapping it up with blank eyes of their own futures. I hope the community pulls together to break this bombshell or at least make it as good as it could possibly be..where is the sustainability in this project?