Development Proposal

Scanlon's concept plan [source:]

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.

The above summaries and image are quoted from the proposal’s fact sheet and their public environmental report.

Read on to find out why we think this development proposal is meagre “econobabble“…