Aquis Resort at the Great Barrier Reef – Terrestrial Biodiversity


Australia’s largest non-resource project has recently been announced for the City of Cairns, and Biotropica Australia was contracted to conduct the terrestrial biodiversity component of the Project EIS. The A$8 billion dollar Aquis Resort at the Great Barrier Reef proposes to construct luxury hotels: a world class casino; retail shopping; an aquarium; a theatre; a reef lagoon; an outdoor sport and recreation facility including an 18-hole golf course; a convention and exhibition centre; and a cultural heritage centre at Yorkeys Knob. Working with our close associate and EIS co-ordinator Environment North, Biotropica Australia has been undertaking extensive terrestrial flora and fauna studies to document the natural values of the development envelope, and inform the design process.

Using a variety of sampling methods Company ecologists have characterised the site’s biodiversity, and analysed the constraints and opportunities that are potentially posed by the development. Such information is critical to maximising the opportunities for enhancing and sustaining the remnants of natural habitats such as those that occur in Cairns northern beaches area. This includes protecting existing fragments and restoring forest where this will enhance the site’s long term habitat value. This work is contained within the project EIS which is now available for public comment.

Biotropica Australia is pleased to team with well-established local expertise to achieve good outcomes for the local area. Flanagan Consulting Group who are the Project Managers, Environment North, Golder Associates, frc environmental, and WBM BMT are all experienced specialists, and Biotropica Australia has worked effectively with our other team members on a number of other projects.