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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
Jobs Stage 1:
  • 3750 (construction)
  • 11,000 (operational)
Stage 2:
  • 3500 (construction)
  • An additional 9000 (operational)

Environmental impact statement (EIS) process

Date Activity
15 October 2014 to 12 November 2014 Additional information to the EIS being assessed by other government agencies.
16 September 2014 Additional information to EIS requested by Coordinator-General.
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.