Construction Starts on $8 Million Wildlife Experience – Australia Zoo, Sunshine Coast


Australia Zoo has commenced construction on a major tourism project on the Sunshine Coast. Kate Jones, Tourism Industry Development Minister visited the site as groundworks commenced with earth-moving equipment prepared the footprint of the new attraction.

“We’re partnering with the private sector to bring forward tourism projects that will create jobs on the Sunshine Coast,”

“Australia Zoo is an icon. This project, funded in partnership with the Zoo, will give tourists an entirely new way to experience Australian wildlife in one of the most beautiful tourism destinations in the world,” she said.

Project Details
– Restaurant areas
– Wildlife camping ground
– Amenities

It was outlined that electricity, water and public amenities at a new campground site were already completed.

“In the next few weeks people will start to see more boots on the ground  working towards opening this new unique on-site accommodation in 2020,” 

“The camping ground will be designed to provide a range of luxury bush camp experiences.” Kate Jones said.

Wes Mannion, Director of Australia Zoo outlined that the new campground named ‘Camp Crocodile Hunter” would be a great boost to jobs on the Sunshine Coast.

“We’re really pleased to partner with the Queensland Government on this, as part of their Growing Tourism Infrastructure Fund because the benefits of this development will be threefold”.

“It will employ more people locally, encourage visitors to stay longer and increase spending on the Sunshine Coast”.

“We expect the campground to be opening as part of our 50th anniversary celebrations in 2020,” said Mr Mannion.

Kate Jones outlined that the project would be a major drawcard for the Sunshine Coast and contribute to the local economy.

“Australia Zoo expects the project will support up to 33 construction jobs and 43 operational jobs. It will also have a flow-on effect to boost the local tourism industry”.

“When the project is fully operational, it’s expected to attract more than 39,000 annual visitors and contribute up to $4.5 million in visitor expenditure a year to the region”.

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The Application Information and References
– Date Lodged: 6 November 2015
– Date Approved: 12 April 2016
– Council: Sunshine Coast Regional Council
– Council Reference: MCU15/0249
– Address: Irwin Road Beerwah
– Images: Australia Zoo
– Interactive Image: Google Aerial and Streetview

Source: Information, Drawings and Images
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