Tourism workers handed lifeline with resort construction

TOURISM is Queensland's second biggest industry, worth $23 billion a year, but for these 22 tourism students it would mean leaving Gladstone - for now at least.

The Hummock Hill Island Resort project, 30km south of Tannum Sands, has been in the pipeline for 16 years and on Saturday it took another step forward releasing a report with changes to the resort to meet with State Government conditions.

The Education Queensland Industry Partnership students could be in the prime position to take advantage of the proposed $950 million Hummock Hill Island Resort according to their coordinator Tamra Costello.

"I have spoken to the class about Hummock Hill and if it gets approved they could work there," Mrs Costello said.

The resort will have two hotels, restaurants, cafes, bars, a golf course, convention rooms and homes for permanent residents. It will be able to host 3900 people at a time.

It will create 3500 construction jobs, 700 full- time positions once completed and a further 850 flow-on jobs in the region, bringing $95 million to the region a year.

Project manager John Kelly said there would be career opportunities for younger people in the tourism sector.

"(These people) will no longer have to move away from the Gladstone region, with these quality jobs being available near their families," he said.

Shayla McAllister, 17, is one of Mrs Costello's students and wants a lasting career in tourism.

She started studying a Certificate II of Tourism not knowing what to expect.

"In the end I decided I loved it," she said.

"Tourism is a big growth industry for Gladstone and if this resort happens it would be good."

As part of the approval process the State Government is asking for community feedback on the project. A copy of the report can be viewed at Gladstone Chambers for the next month.

If the company is successful, construction will start mid-2017.

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