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Stop Development of Great Keppel Islands public land (Lot21) and a Marina on Putney Beach
  • Petitioned Tony Burke

This petition was delivered to:

Federal Minister for the Environment
Tony Burke
Australian Greens Senator for Queensland
Larissa Waters
State Minister for Environment and Heritage Protection
Andrew Powell
State Member for Keppel
Bruce Young
Mayor, Rockhampton regional Council
Margaret Strelow
State Member for Keppel
Bruce Young
Member for Capricornia
Kirsten Livermore

Stop Development of Great Keppel Islands public land (Lot21) and a Marina on Putney Beach

    1. alister waller
    2. Petition by

      alister waller

      Yeppoon, Australia

5th March 2013 - Minsiter Burke has approved the development. GKI as we know it will be no more. 




Great Keppel Island - The Peoples Island (Qld, Australia)

One of the most beautiful islands along the Capricorn Coast is in the cross-hairs of a development company. With a planned 250 berth marina, 750 villas, 300 appartments and a 250 room hotel, plus golf course, sports field and a shopping and cafe precinct, the island as we know it is set to be destroyed.

Most people would agree that a re-development of the existing resort site would be welcomed and acceptable - however with the inclusion of the additional 750 villas & 300 apartments it seems to be a realestate money grab. Land that is owned by the people of Australia and leased by the government to the company, which they plan to sell of for their own commercial gain. On top of this, areas of high environmental significance will be destroyed or altered. Effects from run-off and fertilisers will impact heavily on the usually clear, pristine waters that surround the island.

The propsed Marina is to be built on one of the shallowest beaches on the island. The area is a also few hundred metres from a marine national park and green zone. Adjacent to the Marina development is also passage rocks which has the 2nd highest coral diversity in the keppels. Corals are very susceptible to the sediments that continual dredging of the marina and access channel will deposit. 

By signing this petition you are agreeing that:

  • I support the re-development of the resort on the existing 38 hectare site.  
  • I oppose the development of Lot 21 (875 ha) for villas and a golf course.  I support the state government’s assessment that Lot 21 be reserved for conservation purposes. The current lease of Lot 21 is for recreation and public access, not real estate.
  • I oppose the building of a marina at Putney Beach due to the damage that will be caused to the sensitive marine environment in the vicinity including fringing coral reefs.  

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 2,500 signatures
    2. Send a letter of support to the minister.

      alister waller
      Petition Organizer

      If you could spare an extra few minutes and prepare a simple letter of support (without the Marina, Golf Course or Development on Lot21) to the Federal Environment Minister, Tony Burke, it would really help demonstrate the level of support for a more sensible, smaller project.
      The email/letter can be as brief or as detailed as you would like – even a one sentence letter indicating your support for a smaller development would be sufficient. Email/Letters should be addressed as follows:
      The Hon Tony Burke MP,
      Minister for Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities
      Email – mail@towerholdings.com.au Please CC savinggki@gmail.com

      Please also send a copy to Tony Burke directly and GBRMPA:

      The Hon Tony Burke MP

      Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority

      Thank you for your support

    3. Reached 2,000 signatures
    4. Great Keppel Island nature walk on Putney Beach, Saturday 5th of May.

      alister waller
      Petition Organizer

      Great Keppel Island nature walk on Putney Beach, Saturday 5th of May.

      Join in a free guided walk on Putney Beach, the proposed site for the new Great Keppel Island Marina. Come and see and learn about the creatures and corals that live right on the marina site. It may be your last chance to see some of them. For more info email: savingGKI@gmail.com


      • Saturday 5th of May 2012.
      • Ferries arrive at Keppel at approx 10am and depart at 3.45pm.
      • You could make the most of it and stay on the island overnight.

      How to get there:

      • Catch the standard morning ferry over (Departs 9.15am)
      • Bring your own boat
      • Geoff Mercers water taxi (07) 4939 8655
      • We will meet on the beach at the Island.

      What to bring:

      • Old runners that can get wet
      • Lunch and something to drink.
      • Sunscreen and bug spray
      • A hat and sunnies
      • Your Camera

      The last walk was enjoyed by all so it should be a fun and informative day. Invite your friends and family along.

    5. Reached 1,000 signatures
    6. Article from Courier Mail in 2009

      alister waller
      Petition Organizer

      This article says what a lot of people think the development is really about.


      It's an interesting read and raises a lot of questions as to the real motives of the developers. It's not about jobs for our families, it's not about Tourism, it's not about making the island more accessable for locals, it's not about managing the environment..it's about.....hmm...read the article to find out.

    7. Reached 750 signatures
    8. Join our Facebook page or visit our website http://www.savinggki.com/

      alister waller
      Petition Organizer

      By joining our facebook page you can keep up to date with the latest news and debates on Great Keppel Island. Just be aware that it is an open group so not everyone shares our passion to save the island from developers.

    9. Reached 100 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Susan Quinnell YUGAR, QLD, AUSTRALIA
      • over 1 year ago

      Great Keppel Is is precious as a unique pristine habitat. It should not be reduced to hotels and golf courses, which already are too common.

      • over 1 year ago

      my first queensland home, this is where I grew up, fell in love and became a modern aussie

      • over 1 year ago

      I lived there once. The most beutiful place I have ever been. I cried when my visa expired.

      • over 1 year ago

      I'd like to see Great Keppel remain wild and beautiful - and NATURAL, rather than full of buildings, marinas and golf courses- we've got enough of those! Natural wilderness is rare and needs protecting.

    • Sandra Bull AUSTRALIA
      • over 1 year ago

      There are enough commercial islands Keep Keppel free.


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