Turtle Sands Camping and Holiday Park has relodged a development application to refurbish and expand the Mon Repos facility with resort style features.
The application states that the multi-million dollar upgrade to the adjoining State Government Mon Repos Turtle Centre which is currently underway presents a perfect opportunity to “redevelop the park to provide an environmentally based, resort style accommodation experience next door”.
Bundaberg Regional Council planning and development portfolio spokesperson Cr Ross Sommerfeld said the application was proposing a minor increase in the number of sites from 106 to 127.
“The applicant is also seeking approval to provide a new mix of accommodation types to appeal to a range of markets,” Cr Sommerfeld said.
“The new development would incorporate additional cabins overlooking pool and playground facilities, nine glamping tents and bunkhouse style accommodation suited to backpackers or school and tour groups.
“Studio rooms are also proposed with communal facilities for meals.”
He said the updated resort style recreation facilities would include a pool, playground, camp kitchen, new amenities building and a pool lounge shelter among a lush, tropical landscape setting.
“The proposal also seeks to improve beachfront sites by increasing their width and providing services, formal road access and synthetic grass pad bases.
“An updated manager’s residence and entrance would also provide more functionality for park guests.”
Taking advantage of its unique location so close to the new turtle centre, the park also proposes to value-add to turtle experiences with educational sessions, fireside yarns and ranger programs.
Turtle Sands application addresses environmental impact
Cr Sommerfeld said the applicant had presented the site’s environmental values which would be considered as part of the application process.
“This site is located on our world renowned Mon Repos beach so any assessment will naturally take in to consideration any environmental impacts.
“In planning terms this site is certainly unique in that there is no guiding development application due to the age of the facility which predates contemporary Local Government development assessment processes.
“The park has been operating lawfully in this location for a number of years and, despite being located in such an environmentally sensitive area, currently has no conditions restricting type, intensity, hours, direction or height of lighting.
“Any new development approval granted would therefore have the added benefit of being able to restrict activities which may impact on nesting turtle behaviour.”
The application also proposes to replace its current septic system with a connection to Council’s sewerage network and introduce a stormwater quality control system.