Justin and Damian Scanlon have submitted a proposal to turn their private, coastal property situated between Robe and Nora Creina township into a “world class golf course and mixed tourism resort”.
The project was declared as a major development with the Development Assessment Commission on 4th March 2014.
According to their development proposal, their plan is to create a:
- 36 hole international standard golf course, comprising a ‘North Course’ (Stage 1) and a ‘South Course’ (Stage 2), and associated practice range and greens.
- Golf course maintenance facility.
- Clubhouse, including bar, lounge, pro shop and associated parking.
- Tourist accommodation complex, including restaurant and retail facilities. The accommodation is anticipated to comprise four-star hotel-style accommodation (two storey), with 20 rooms provided initially.
- Boutique Wagyu beef farm and vineyard.
- Recreational facilities, such as nature trails and for recreational fishing and diving.
- Infrastructure, including an access road, waste water treatment plant, water supply (including storage dams) and three-phase power supply.
Their promised ‘return on investment’ to the region includes:
- an estimated $2.6 million added value to the Limestone Coast economy (and $4.4M for South Australia). During operation this would increase to over $11 million added value annually (and $17.5M for SA).
- Creation of up to 33 jobs during construction (including 25 jobs in the Limestone Coast Region) and up to 170 jobs during operation (including 147 regionally).
As a Major Development they must provide environmental impact reports covering:
- the coastal location and the potential for impacts on the environmental, landscape and cultural values of the coast;
- construction impacts, including effects on native vegetation, native fauna and sites of Aboriginal heritage significance;
- operational impacts, including effects on native fauna, effects of golf course irrigation and management, stormwater and wastewater management (including reuse);
- traffic generation and implications for the local road network;
- infrastructure requirements (especially the provision of power and water);
- bushfire protection requirements;
- conservation values of the nearby Little Dip Conservation Park and Lake Eliza;
- ‘controlled action’ under the Commonwealth Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act and subject of a joint assessment process.
Read on to find out why we think this development proposal is meagre “econobabble“…