Revised plan submitted to council
Australia Zoo rejigs plans for 'croc' camp
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THE world-famous Australia Zoo in
Queensland has rejigged plans for an $8 million
Work has already started at the world famous
Beerwah tourist attraction, with original plans
to feature eight cabins, 32 RV sites, 68 bush
camp sites, reception and amenities.
But revised plans for 68 cabins and 40 bush
campsites have now been submitted to Sunshine Coast Council.
The newly-designed reception building
would feature an
ancillary koala and kangaroo enclosure, pool and outdoor area,
with easy access to the zoo via a pedestrian link across Irwin
A report from the developers said the revised
campground would be consistent with the land use definition of "Nature
Based Tourism, which is a consistent and code assessable land use
for the site and wider precinct".
It said the facility would continue to maintain a direct link with the zoo
and would promote environmental awareness, education and conservation.
FLASHBACK 2019: Former
Tourism Minister Kate Jones announces the
start of construction alongside Wes Mannion from Australia Zoo
The original development, dubbed Camp Croc Hunter, received council
approval in 2016 and angered local caravan parks who complained to
Caravanning News that it would rob them of business.
"This is a slap in the face for us," the owner of one local park, who
requested anonymity, fumed.
Some critics targeted Queensland State Government for pouring $3 million
from the Growing Tourism Infrastructure Fund
into the project.
"There is a well appointed caravan park just down the road at Landsborough,"
one wrote on our Facebook page.
"Shame on council for allowing a multi-million-dollar venture to dominate
the surrounding small caravan parks and accommodation."
It was originally planned to open the campground as part of the zoo's 50th
anniversary celebrations in 2020.
The zoo said the camp was
expected to attract more than 39,000 annual visitors and contribute up to
$4.5 million in tourist expenditure
annually to the region.
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