- Signing of a landmark agreement with Karma Royal Group to transform Rottnest Lodge
Private sector investment in line with Rottnest Island Management Plan 2014-19
Part of Government's strategy to make Rottnest Island financially sustainable
Quod to be decommissioned as an accommodation facility
Designed to blend into its surroundings while providing a premium resort experience, the new redevelopment of the iconic Rottnest Lodge is the first major infrastructure revitalisation on Rottnest Island since the 1990s.
Acting Tourism Minister John Day said this week's landmark signing of an agreement between Karma Royal Group and the State Government, through the Rottnest Island Authority, would see the Lodge developed into a luxury resort complex, complete with day spa, Kid's Club, new conference facilities, restaurant and the construction of about 80 new holiday units on the site.
"The Rottnest Island Management Plan outlines the Government's approach to encourage private investment and development of Rottnest as a financially sustainable, affordable and vibrant holiday destination," Mr Day said.
"The proposal to transform Rottnest Lodge into a Karma resort is the first major progression of the management plan, and the concepts presented so far allow for an intelligent mix of leisure and business activities, including conference facilities for up to 150 delegates."
The Minister said the proposed development at the Lodge was aligned to local market needs and extensive research carried out in 2004 and 2012.
"Visitor feedback has indicated the desire for more variety and choice in accommodation and activities on the island, whether pitching a tent, staying in affordable cabins or wanting to indulge in a more luxurious experience," he said.
Mr Day said the Government's upgrades to the island's waste water treatment plant, scheduled to start in July, would smooth the path for current and future development on Rottnest Island, while minimising the environmental impact of visitors and businesses.
The Rottnest Island Authority will work closely with the Environmental Protection Authority to ensure there is minimal impact on the island's ecosystem for the Lodge redevelopment. The Lodge will operate as normal during construction.
The agreement includes an extension to the existing lease, due to expire in 2018, and the transfer of the Quod to the Rottnest Island Authority in 2018. "˜Quod' is old British slang for "˜prison'
Built in 1863-64, the Quod was capable of accommodating up to 200 prisoners, before being repurposed in 1911 into holiday accommodation
Once final approvals are in place, construction of the $20m resort on the Lodge site will begin in April 2016. The new resort is expected to open in the summer of 2017-18
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