Ball rolling on Townsville waterfront development
The Morris Group, which owns the prime breakwater site, has made the application to Townsville City Council to begin the process for building accommodation, food and beverage, and retail outlets.
Morris Group owner Chris Morris said although the planning process had begun, it was still very early days and no dates had been set for the beginning of construction.
“We know that this piece of land is particularly special to the local community so we want to take some time to make sure that we build something really special that everyone can be proud of,” Mr Morris said.
“At the same time, we also know that it can take some time for development approvals like this to go through the system so we decided to get the ball rolling early so that we can get construction underway as soon as we’re ready.
“We’re looking forward to working with Townsville City Council and other stakeholders on what we think will be a very exciting project for the future of the city.”
Mr Morris said while the project was still subject to finance, discussions were underway for what the final product will include.
“We’re still working through the finer details, but there are lots of exciting ideas being floated around including Townsville’s first ocean view rooftop bar and a new fine dining restaurant to follow on from the success of Miss Songs Asian Kitchen at The Ville,” he said.
“Of course, as we get further in the process things will change, but what’s for certain is that there is significant demand for more hotel rooms, particularly on the weekend, and with that comes additional demand for dining and leisure.”
The group owns an extensive portfolio of hospitality ventures including Mt Mulligan Lodge, Orpheus Island Lodge, and Daintree Ecolodge in Far North Queensland along with Great Barrier Reef Cruising vessel Flying Fish.
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