Rainbow Shores 2 'still a certainty'
RAINBOW Shores Stage Two supporters say the major Inskip Point development proposal is still a goer.
“It is still 100 per cent certain that Rainbow Shores Stage Two will go ahead in one form or another,” Rainbow Beach Commerce and Tourism Association president Scott Elms said yesterday.
And, despite rejecting the proposal at the weekend, Premier Anna Bligh yesterday made it clear the government was still open to persuasion on any revised development proposal for the site.
She rejected environmental comparisons with the Traveston Crossing dam, belittled Mary Valley environmental values and said any revised Inskip Point proposal would have to meet strict environmental conditions.
In a similar statement, Sustainability Minister Kate Jones rejected suggestions that similar environmental concerns should cause the rejection of the government's plans for redevelopment of its Norman Point waterfront as a major and highly controversial marina.
She said the marina plan also would have to meet strict environmental criteria.
Ms Bligh described as “nonsense” Opposition and conservationist claims that the government was guilty of double standards in rejecting the Inskip proposal while proceeding with its dam and marina plans.
“The development proposed at Inskip Point was a tourism resort on sensitive sand dune coastal areas.
“The Traveston Dam is an important water supply for a public purpose on land that has been cleared for more than 150 years.
“Any attempt to compare them, I think, is nonsense,” the Premier said.
Meanwhile Ms Jones said the proposed Norman Point marina would be subject to the same environmental rules as Rainbow Shores Stage Two.
“Like Rainbow Shores, if this project does not pass stringent environmental tests, it won't go ahead.
“For instance, several State Coast Management Plan policies are relevant to the proposed marina at Norman Point - namely policies 2.1.1, 2.8.1, 2.8.2 and 2.8.3.
“The Department of Environment and Resource Management's issued an information request to the proponent.
“It required that the proponent provide information to demonstrate that the proposal is consistent with the Plan and the associated Coastal Protection and Management Act 1995 and the Environmental Protection Act 1994.
“The applicant recently responded and the information provided is being assessed,” she said.
Rainbow Beach Commerce and Tourism Association president Scott Elms, a strong supporter of the Rainbow Shores proposal, confirmed that the government's weekend rejection announcement did not make a great deal of difference.
“This is just a change in the process,” he said.
Referring to the government's offer of a land swap to protect the project's existing site, by providing another one closer to town, Mr Elms said: “It will go ahead (either) with a land swap or on the current site”.
“There may be a revised proposal or there may be a court case. There is absolutely no doubt in my mind, absolutely no doubt,” he said.