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Aquis Resort at the Great Barrier Reef Project

Project overview*

EIS status EIS active
Description Redevelopment of 343 ha of rural land into a large-scale integrated tourism resort.
Proponent Aquis Resort at the Great Barrier Reef Pty Ltd
Location/s 13 km north of Cairns and 3 km south of Yorkeys Knob. Map
Local government/s Cairns Regional Council
Investment $8.15 billion over 2 stages:
  • Stage 1 $5.05 billion
  • Stage 2 $3.1 billion
Key features

Stage 1 includes:

  • An artificial lake and island within the development site
  • A casino
  • 5 hotels including 4000 rooms
  • Additional facilities including: retail shopping; an aquarium; a theatre; a reef lagoon; an outdoor sport and recreation facility including an 18-hole golf course; a convention and exhibition centre; and a cultural heritage centre

Stage 2 includes

  • 3 additional hotels including 3500 rooms
  • A second casino
  • Additional facilities including: an additional theatre; retail shopping; and a rainforest

Stage 1:

  • 3750 (construction)
  • 11,000 (operational)

Stage 2:

  • 3500 (construction)
  • An additional 9000 (operational)

Have your say

Aquis Resort at the Great Barrier Reef Pty Ltd has prepared an environmental impact statement (EIS) for the Aquis Resort at the Great Barrier Reef.

The Coordinator-General has released the EIS for public and government agency comment.

You are invited to comment on the EIS, including the project’s potential environmental impacts and the effectiveness of measures proposed to manage those impacts.

The Coordinator-General will consider your submission as part of his evaluation of the project’s environmental impacts.

Submissions close at 5pm on 5 August 2014.

The EIS is available below.

Make a submission on the EIS from 21 June 2014 to 5 August 2014.

Environmental impact statement (EIS) process

Date Activity
21 June 2014 to 5 August 2014 EIS public consultation:
21 May 2014 Amended Final Terms of Reference (PDF icon 150 KB) to require assessment of Commonwealth and State matters released.
5 May 2014 Project deemed a controlled action by Commonwealth Government requiring assessment under an accredited assessment process.
1 April 2014 Project referred to Commonwealth Minister for the Environment.
2 October 2013 Terms of reference (PDF icon 229 KB) released.
12 August 2013 to
9 September 2013
Draft terms of reference for EIS public consultation.
1 August 2013 Gazettal of 'coordinated project' declaration (PDF icon 80 KB)
26 July 2013 Application, including initial advice statement (PDF icon 2.6 MB), submitted.

Read more about the EIS process.

Further information

For more information, visit the Aquis Resort at the Great Barrier Reef website.

* Project information supplied by proponent and subject to change.

Last updated on Friday, 20 June 2014