The State Government is backing a new three-level pontoon on Lady Musgrave Island to clear the way for a Great Barrier Reef observatory and underwater hotel.
Tourism Industry Development Minister Kate Jones said the multi-level pontoon was expected to draw an extra 16,000 visitors to the region every year and drive more than $1.8 million in visitor expenditure.
“This pontoon is a game changer for Lady Musgrave and the Great Barrier Reef and will create a whole new way for visitors to experience the island and the region,” Ms Jones said.
“The pontoon will be 36 metres by 12 metres and will provide accommodation for up to 24 people.
“It will host an underwater observatory with UV lighting, so visitors can experience the reef at night and have upper decks for diving, snorkelling and environmental data collection.
“We’re providing $1 million towards this project through our Growing Tourism Infrastructure Fund.”
Lady Musgrave Experience managing director Brett Lakey said the underwater hotel project would increase the world-class offerings and capabilities for Lady Musgrave Experience driving benefits throughout the Southern Great Barrier Reef region.
“This development will ensure the southern area of the Great Barrier Reef is an attractive gateway for visitors, providing some of the best tourism experiences on the Reef,” Mr Lakey said.
Ms Jones said the government would partner with Lady Musgrave Experience to deliver the pontoon, with the underwater hotel expected to support up to six jobs during construction and 14 jobs once operational.
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