A multi-million dollar world-class resort to renew Rottnest Island has been given the green light by the state government.
The $ 40 million renovation of the existing Rottnest Lodge, currently leased by the Karma Group, will include 46 new rooms overlooking Garden Lake and 56 renovated rooms in the Boys Reformatory buildings.
The hotel is expected to become the island’s new “heart” and will add new buildings while the existing complex is upgraded.
The plans also include food and beverage outlets with a restaurant focusing on Western Australian ingredients, a cafe with alfresco seating for 70, a gelato bar, a wellness center with six treatment rooms, common rooms, two pools and service areas.
The proposal has been conditionally approved after a public consultation period in September and October, with work starting in mid-next year and ending in 2025.
As part of the approval, the developer is required to create an Aboriginal heritage management plan for the site, and the hotel must be named using the Whadjuk Noongar language.
The newly appointed Tourism Minister Roger Cook said the proposal would breathe new life into the Rottnest Lodge site.
“This is an opportunity to recreate the Lodge in harmony with its unique natural surroundings and ensure that it complements the area’s historically built environment and respects the area’s aboriginal history,” said Mr. Cook.
“It is important that the conditions of this redevelopment will help to ensure that the site’s significant heritage is recognized.
“It is important for Wadjemup to embrace its future with deep respect for the past.”
In May, the state government announced that Place Development Australia, GPA Pty Ltd and Pendulum Group would take over the Lodge lease, which was adjusted to exclude sensitive areas such as The Quod from Karma Group.