‘Uber-luxury’ resort flagged for K’Gari

Chiodo behind new joint venture with the Butchella people

Details of a new five-star resort on Queensland’s K’gari (Fraser Island) have been unveiled by luxury property developer, Chiodo.

The resort will feature 62 luxury villas and 64 premium suites, multiple restaurants, a beach club-style bar and rooftop, an amphitheatre for cultural events, an Aboriginal design studio for art classes, a wellness centre, kids club, teens club, sprawling central pool, conference and reception centre for weddings, a retail offering and much more.

The project is a first-of-its-kind joint venture with K’Gari Educational and Cultural Centre Aboriginal Corporation (KECCAC) established by one of the original Aboriginal families in the area.

Aerial view of Chiodo's proposed luxury resort on K'Gari (Fraser Island)

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Billed as a new “uber-luxury resort”, the proposed project will be designed and developed in collaboration with the Butchella people to ensure the island’s environment and its people’s history and culture are championed and authentically featured throughout the resort and surrounding areas.

The JV will ensure that the Butchella people will have access to employment opportunities and the scope to provide a cultural and educational experience to both local and international guests through dance performances, fire performances, music, smoking ceremonies, art and craft lessons like painting and basket weaving, storytelling and more.

Butchella elder Norman Barney said the development provides an opportunity for local peoples to achieve outcomes not yet seen before in the region or on K’Gari.

“This development provides us with more opportunities than we have ever seen before and importantly allows us to highlight our culture in ways that will not be possible without such a development occurring. It will allow our young people opportunities for jobs and career paths both locally and internationally,” Barney said.

Paul Chiodo, Chiodo Principal will work with the Butchella people to deliver a first-of-its-kind hotel that is progressive and culture-led.

“Our vision is to deliver a culturally-significant and environmentally-conscious hotel that still has all the hallmarks of a luxury hotel, and there is no better way to ensure this is done authentically and impactfully than to do it with involvement with K’Gari’s traditional owners, the Butchella people,” Chiodo remarked.

Villas at Chiodo's planned luxury reort on K'gari

“Importantly, the resort will also provide a cultural and educational experience for both local and international guests with opportunities involving dance performances, fire performances, music, smoking ceremonies, basket weaving, teaching and painting, storytelling and the like. All of these activities and more will be available to guests as part of their stay,” he added. The resort will showcase local indigenous art and craft work which will also assist in economic empowerment.

“We both understand how important it is to deliver a mindfully produced development that celebrates people and the planet while providing economic empowerment for K’Gari’s first people,” Chiodo added.

Plans for the project are ongoing and supported by the Fraser Coast Council and Queensland Government.

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