Plans to privatise Lindeman Island National Park land, Chinese developers to build accommodation exclusive for wealthy tourist

NEARLY 37 hectares of Lindeman Island National Park will be privatised if the recommendations of an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) released this afternoon are approved. The EIS details plans to privatise Lindeman Island National Park and place it in the hands of Chinese company, Whitehorse Developments, which will create exclusive accommodation for wealthy tourists. The…

Adani mine granted unlimited water access 

The proposed Adani coal mine has been granted unlimited access to groundwater by the Queensland government in a move farmers fear would allow it to drain huge amounts of water from the Great Artesian Basin. According to a copy of Adani’s water licence obtained by Fairfax Media, the $16 billion Carmichael mine merely needs to…

Adani mine granted unlimited water: to impact Great Artesian Basin 

The proposed Adani coal mine has been granted unlimited access to groundwater by the Queensland government in a move farmers fear would allow it to drain huge amounts of water from the Great Artesian Basin. According to a copy of Adani’s water licence obtained by Fairfax Media, the $16 billion Carmichael mine merely needs to…

Aussies accepting farm sales to China,   claims Australia-China Relations 

Australians are not as opposed to Chinese investors buying local farms and agricultural assets as often claimed, the Australia-China Relations Institute said. Institute deputy director James Laurenceson said a survey by the group showed the Australian public was more nuanced and sophisticated about the benefits and disadvantages of greater foreign investment in agriculture by Chinese…

Chinese New Year tipped to bring property buyers from China to Melbourne

CASHED-up property buyers from China are expected to flock to Melbourne next week, as Saturday’s Chinese New Year kicks off one of their peak househunting periods. Australia, and Melbourne in particular, are tipped to be top destinations during this year’s “Chinese Lunar New Year Golden Week” — a week-long national holiday when millions of Chinese…

WOULD YOU PAY TO VISIT FRIENDS AT A CARAVAN PARK?

When a caravan park in Queensland tried to charge a visitor $5 per person to have lunch with his friends staying in the caravan park, he hit the roof! Recently, we had some friends pull into a caravan park for a few days at Rollingstone, Qld, just north of Townsville where we reside. So we…

Tasmanian council considers welcome signs in Chinese 

Welcome signs in Mandarin may soon greet Chinese visitors travelling through Tasmania’s east coast tourism hotspots. Break O’Day Council wants to put out the welcome mat to the booming Chinese tourism sector with traditional welcome and farewell town signs in Mandarin. Tourism is a huge economic driver in the municipality which contains areas like the…

Chinese plan $400m Gold Coast theme park

Chinese theme park operator Songcheng has unveiled plans to build a $400 million theme park on the Gold Coast in the company’s first move to overseas markets, as major Chinese companies tap into increasing demand for tourism offerings from both local and international travellers. Songcheng Performance Development, which is little known in Australia, is controlled…