Keppel Bay convention and sporting hub

Keppel bay sailing club, a not-for-profit community club, has a vision for the future that focuses on bringing more jobs, a stronger economy, and increased tourism to the Capricorn Coast. introducing the proposed Keppel bay convention and sporting hub. 

We are pleased for the chance to discuss our proposed development with deputy prime minister Michael McCormack on his recent visit to Yeppoon. He was joined by Michael laundry MP, Senator Matt Canavan, Capricorn Enterprise, CEO Mary Caroll, KBSC CEO Julie Strudwick, and directors Sandra Byrt and Dan Curtis. This project will increase local jobs, boost the local economy and bring more sports and business tourism to the region. As a not-for-profit community organisation, we need the support of the government to make it happen but you can help make this proposal a reality. 

The proposed development would deliver 128 new hotel rooms,1600sqm of event space, and additional and ancillary spaces across the spinnakers site and the beachfront clubhouse site including the spinnaker restaurant and the clubhouse. The redevelopment will include: New event/function space with associated kitchen and storeroom as well as technical spaces, catering for up to 1,000 attendees, new 128 room hotel, new multi-level car park parking deck to support existing new foreshore development, New club facilities with the shared lobby for accommodation, new retail space, increased employment, new pedestrian link bridge between facilities, redeveloped sailing club (including new deck extension) new rooftop bar and pool above the existing sailing club, this will help regional Queensland and create tourism. 

The project will have a number of additional economic benefits, including Training and workforce development of local resident workers with a focus on youth engagement and development, Productivity gains across the sailing club through leveraging existing infrastructure to produce greater levels of economic activity through events and accommodation, Increased business confidence through the $69 million in new infrastructure in Yeppoon which could encourage and support additional investments and job creation across the economy. Potential to entice leisure visitation from visitors that attend a business event in the region, which would grow the existing leisure market segment. 

The new infrastructure could greatly diversify the existing tourism offer to increase major regional events, business events and other celebratory events such as weddings. The project aligns strongly with various strategic and policy objectives as espoused in the livingstone economic development plan and the Capricorn destination tourism plan. The new infrastructure would increase the regions access to arts and culture through the new events that would occur in the region due to the new infrastructure. 

The increased access to arts and culture would provide benefits to community wellbeing. Allowing for diversification and increased tourism.  


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