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Clough backs Mauds Landing

ENTACT Clough has committed to support construction of the proposed Coral Coast Resort at Mauds landing, three kilometres north of Coral Bay.

The agreement was signed as part of the stringent governmental app-roval process undertaken by Coral Coast Marina Development Pty Ltd.

CCMD executive director Alan Smith said attracting Entact Clough was a great endorsement of the $180 million project.

In the first stage about $60 million will be spent on construction the marina and the residential lots.

CCMD will fund the project through pre-sales of the strata hotel complex and the pre-sale of the residential.

According to Mr Smith a major bank has agreed to back the project although funding still hinges on healthy pre-sales of the residential and tourism lots.

A Public Environmental Review Report prepared by ATA Environ-mental and due for release next week along with a local Structure Plan will put the company one step closer to realising its dream.

Once the public consultation process is in place, work on the marina will begin by mid next year.

ATA Environmental partner Henk Van der Wiele said the company was also seeking to manage a large portion of the Ningaloo Reef area – work now being carried out by CALM.

He said a number of guidelines would be put in place which would ensure that the company adequately addressed all environmental issues.

Building guidelines and other restrictions will also help ensure the reef is maintained.

Mr Van der Wiele said the marina would ensure that the activities of tourists would be better monitored than they are now because coastal and water activities would be centred around the marina ensuring the work of CALM and Fisheries officers would be made easier.

The local indigenous population is very supportive of the plan and a formal agreement should be signed by early December.

A WA company, CCMD was established in 1987 in response to government efforts to reduce the tourism impact on Coral Bay and alleviate environmental pressures on Ningaloo Reef.

The development will include a world-class marina village resort, comprising tourist accommodation, restaurants and shops.

The plans also include accommodation such as chalets, caravan park and backpacker accommodation plus a number of fully serviced waterfront residential lots.

Within the marina a propagated coral reef will be established to cater for snorkelling and scuba diving.

An Environment and Interpretive Centre will house on-site facilities for CALM and Fisheries WA. It is expected to generate $500,000 a year which will come close to covering the $600,000 CALM budget for the North West.

“The resort will promote eco-tourism, create jobs and generate economic activity in the area,” Mr Smith said.

“The environment is our main asset and our commitments include extensive and ongoing environmental management.”

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