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Cairns Regional Council has opened the way for a $300 million plan to redevelop the 95ha Paradise Palms golf course into a residential and tourist precinct.

Proponent PPNQ Developments received approval for its development application for the new masterplan for The Palms, with a raft of conditions, at a council planning and environment committee meeting.

The company earlier this month said a string of local contractors were primed to get started should the development application receive the green light.

They include FGF Developments – civil works, Trinity Engineering Consultants – civil engineering, Property Shop – real estate sales.

“The economy is depressed in many areas such as tourism and retail, but if we can stimulate the economy as a whole with this investment and create jobs for civil works, engineering firms, local builders, architects, interior designers and real estate agents, then we are very proud to be doing so,” PPNQ Developments managing director Darren Halpin said.

The Kewarra Beach land parcel was originally developed by the Daikyo Corporation in the late 1980s, with the golf course officially opened in 1990.

A masterplan for The Palms splits the property into five distinct precincts – village, tourist accommodation, low density residential, low-medium density residential and open space.

Open spaces account for more than a third (or 33.4ha) of the development, with plans for a network of parks, walking trails and cycle paths.

Cairns Regional Council said residential development in the low density precinct – which accounts for about 35 per cent of the site – would be limited to 330 lots, with a minimum average size of 600sq m.

A further 10ha has been set aside as part of the low-medium density residential precinct, which will include a new primary school to service the Northern Beaches. 

The Palms vision includes plans for up to 550 tourism accommodation sites, a water park and adventure playground, shops, restaurants, bars and function rooms.

Due to the scale and significance of the development, Cairns Regional Council engaged a team of technical experts in numerous areas, including town planning, ecology, water quality, traffic and transport and economic need, when considering the proposal.

As part of the assessment process, the council also contacted the Queensland Urban Design and Places Panel, to provide independent advice.