Hon Kim Hames MB BS JP MLA

Hon Kim Hames MB BS JP MLA

Former Minister for Health; Tourism

    Signed, sealed, soon delivered on Rottnest

    26/11/2015 9:00 AM
    • State Government seals deal on long-awaited upgrade to Rottnest Lodge
    • Award-winning international travel and lifestyle brand Karma to breathe new life into WA's premier holiday island
    • Quod to be returned to Rottnest Island Authority custodianship

    The State Government and Karma Group have concluded final lease negotiations that pave the way for redevelopment within the Lodge precinct on Rottnest Island, with the agreement effective from June 1, 2018. 


    Tourism Minister Kim Hames said he was delighted negotiations had been completed and that plans for the environmentally sensitive leisure and business concept on the island had been cemented.


    "It has taken a few months to ensure all parties are satisfied with the way forward but it was important to get the detail right and I'm pleased that agreement has been reached in accordance with the approved concept plan," Dr Hames said.


    "The whole design promises to be an exciting and innovative addition to Rottnest Island. Visitors can now look forward to a resort-style hotel of the same high standard that Karma has become famous for around the world.


    "The redevelopment of the Lodge precinct has been a while in coming so I think people will appreciate what the revitalisation of the area will bring: more choice for leisure and business accommodation, more choice of amenities, and more choice for places to eat and relax."


    The Minister said the Karma Group development captured new and revamped facilities designed with the island's unique environment in mind and would include 80 contemporary self-contained units, short stay accommodation, cafe, restaurant and beverage venues, kids' club, swimming pool, day spa and conference and meeting rooms.


    "The Government is committed to ensuring visitors have a wide variety of quality accommodation options on Rottnest Island which cater for a range of budgets," he said.


    "From camping to glamping to four or five star accommodation and everything in between, the idea is you will have a choice to suit you, and that hasn't really existed on Rottnest before."


    The modified lease with Karma Group will also see the return of the 'Quod' or Aboriginal prison site to the Rottnest Island Authority in May 2018 as part of a larger project to recognise the island's varied heritage and historic significance. The Quod is located adjacent to the Wadjemup Aboriginal Burial Ground and will become the entry point for the interpretive centre or display.


    Fact File

    • Karma Group is also a major sponsor of the annual Rottnest Channel Swim
    • $650,000 State Government funding for completion of Stage one perimeter works on Wadjemup Aboriginal Burial Ground
    • Wadjemup Aboriginal Burial Ground is Australia's largest unmarked Aboriginal burial site

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