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$72M Eco-Hotel Given Green Light

Moreton Bay Regional Council has approved the region’s first eco lifestyle hotel and wellness retreat, addressing an urgent need for hotel rooms to meet growing tourism numbers.


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The North Lakes Eco-Lifestyle Precinct will include a five-storey, 112-room hotel which will help fill the demand for more accommodation in the region, to support growing tourism numbers as well as the influx of visitors the 2032 Olympic Games will bring to Moreton Bay.


We know Moreton Bay needs up to eight hotels and 1,035 hotel rooms by 2032, with four hotels needed by 2026...”

Mayor Peter Flannery said “This is exactly the kind of investment I was hoping to attract to Moreton Bay when I went to the Australasian Hotels Industry Conference & Exhibition in Adelaide back in June to try attracting investors to our region,” he said.


“Not only is this a high-end and eco-friendly development, it will help to provide much needed accommodation for visitors in a tourism market that’s currently surging beyond expectation.


“We know Moreton Bay needs up to eight hotels and 1,035 hotel rooms by 2032, with four hotels needed by 2026, so this is an exciting start just five months after we put out the call for investors.


Maple Development Group Managing Director Nick Liu said they chose the Moreton Bay site because of the region’s surging tourism industry, lower operational and land costs, and proximity to Brisbane’s domestic and international airports and ports.


“It is exciting to see this project become an inviting and welcoming precinct for locals and visitors as well as getting a balance between the lifestyle and economic growth in the region; and we really appreciate the effective communication support from Moreton Bay Council on our project”, Nick said.


The precinct will also include a naturopathy centre to cater for home, garden and health care, a day spa, outdoor yoga, a farmer’s market, wildlife rehabilitation shelter facility, community food gardens, a drive-through compost and garden waste drop off point support the precinct’s sustainable approach.


The development will deliver more than 150 jobs in the region.


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