NEW photographs showcase a luxury five-star twin tower development which is tipped to put Burleigh on the world tourism map.
Graphics obtained by the Bulletin for the first time show the magnificent beach views from hotel rooms along with the upgrade of The Esplanade fronting the resort and residential towers to be built in First Ave.
“It is shovel-ready, has funding in place and construction could commence early in 2021,” a development industry source said.
The Bulletin understands talks are far advanced for the resort tower to be managed by an internationally renowned hotel operator.
“This proposed project in Burleigh Heads will be the operator’s first property in Australia,” the industry source said.
Project operators had told the council the development would strongly support the business case for the nearby Light Rail Stage 3A project, funded in partnership by the State Government.
The application for two towers, each 22 levels, was approved at full council on Tuesday after a marathon debate exposing divided views by both councillors and residents.
The council received 724 submissions – 347 were against and 377 in support. Councillors Mark Hammel, Brooke Patterson, Daphne McDonald, Darren Taylor and Peter Young voted against the recommendation for approval by officers.
“We are within a market now where our small businesses are struggling. But with a tourism offering as well as a residential offering, this will not only support the existing businesses in the area but increase the opportunity for further small businesses,” she said.
“In going forward, we have not got resort-style accommodation in Burleigh.”