Eco-lodge planned for Hobart

Tasmanian architect Robert Morris-Nunn, creator of the Saffire resort and Princes Wharf No1 designs, is proposing an eco-resort on the Rosny Hill Nature Recreation Area that overlooks Hobart on the eastern shore of the Derwent River.

Rosny Sanctuary would have accommodation, a restaurant, conference centre and a wildlife sanctuary after the Clarence City Council awarded preferred developer status to Professor Morris-Nunn’s firm Hunter Developments. “We had some initial inquiries through the expressions of interest process, but Robert’s was by far and away the best,” mayor Doug Chipman said.

The Rosny Sanctuary proposal includes new public facilities for the crown land such as viewing platforms, walking trails, interpretation sites and specific areas for weddings and community events.

The development would centre around 120 individual guest villas, a 150-seat restaurant, an events centre for 300 people plus gym and spa facilities.

Mr Morris-Nunn said the development aimed to combine environmental sustainability and Eastern philosophies like feng shui.

The proposed eco-resort could be financed with superannuation funds, according to Hunter Developments.
Mr Morris-Nunn said the project would be the ideal investment for a superannuation fund, keeping Tasmanian money within the state.

“I believe about 99 per cent of the investment in superannuation that Tasmanians put into their supers goes interstate,” he said. “A lot of the management of these funds just drag the money straight out of Tasmania.

“If there was potential for serious investment in a responsible way in high-quality projects here in Tasmania, then I believe that could change the future here in a very, very dramatic way.”

Hunter Developments will lodge a development application with the council after a period of public consultation.

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