Floating Eco Resort Proposed for Tasmania

The Tasmanian government has approved a proposal “for further investigation” of a floating eco-resort to be moored at Recherche Bay, just outside a World Heritage Area near the small township of Cockle Creek in the southern part of the state.

Accessible only by boat or seaplane, the self-sufficient resort would consist of seven interlocked pontoons, each bearing two-storey accomodation, designed to resemble the shape of an historic Aboriginal canoe.

Robert Morriss-Nunn, who developed the Saffire Resort on the Freycinet Peninsula and several major Hobart waterfront projects, is behind the proposal. The resort would comprise 20 suites, while there are also plans for backpacker accommodation, a visitor centre, café and staff quarters on the nearby coastline.

Recherche Bay was used as a landing place and camp site by French explorers in the late 1700s.

Environment minister Matthew Groom said projects such as those proposed would “transform Tasmania into the environmental tourism capital of the world and create jobs”.

Mr Morriss-Nunn’s proposal has been approved to proceed to the second stage of the state government’s expressions of interest process.

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