19/11/2009 - 00:00

New tender for Rotto hotel

19/11/2009 - 00:00

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THE Rottnest Island Authority has launched a new tender for the development of a premium hotel on the Mount Herschel site overlooking Longreach Bay, following the failure of its initial efforts in previous years.

New tender for Rotto hotel

THE Rottnest Island Authority has launched a new tender for the development of a premium hotel on the Mount Herschel site overlooking Longreach Bay, following the failure of its initial efforts in previous years.

RIA chairman Laurie O’Meara said he was confident of a positive result this time round.

“Last time we had people who were keen but it dragged out for a period of time; some of that was our fault and some was their fault but it took too long to get it bedded down,” Mr O’Meara said.

“This time anything we need to have in place is definitely there, given the experience of last time.”

Plans for a Mt Herschel hotel were scrapped in March 2009 after the Broadwater consortium and the RIA failed to reach an agreement almost two years after the consortium was chosen as the preferred proponent to develop the site under the government’s Landbank initiative.

Mr O’Meara hopes to have a developer (sourced locally or from international markets) for the four-star hotel, estimated to cost upwards of $50 million, locked in by the end of the financial year.

Proponents will be required to adhere to Rottnest Island’s sustainability guidelines and deliver a hotel development catering for holidaymakers as well as business conventions and events.

Mr O’Meara invited the Broadwater consortium to retender despite recent reports suggesting the consortium was no longer interested in the project.

 

 

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