Grant Kenny leases Lady Elliot Island
A COMPANY associated with surf lifesaving legend Grant Kenny and Seair Pacific's Peter Gash has won the tender to lease Lady Elliot Island, off Bundaberg.
Mr Kenny, a former Olympian, said the duo had recently been awarded the lease from the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority.
GBRMPA had sought expressions of interest for a 10-year lease with a 10-year option after the previous lease expired on June 30.
Mr Kenny said Mr Gash,a long-time friend, had been flying over to Lady Elliott Island for years."With my love of the water and flying this seemed like a perfect fit," Mr Kenny said.The duo are still working through their final plans for the lease.But a spokesman for GBRMPA said usage on the island which is popular with tourists and divers would remain pretty much the same.
"We're very happy with the outcome," a GBRMPA spokeswoman said.
Lady Elliot Island is situated 80km northeast of' Bundaberg with access via its own airstrip.
GBRMPA has restrictions on the number of guests allowed on the island at anyone time.
As one of the first coral cays on the Great Barrier Reef, the island is popular with divers and whale watchers.
Mr Kenny has expanded his tourism property related interests in recent years, developing the luxury Pavillions on 1770 complex with Flight Centre founder Jim Goldburg at Agnes Water. The complex is under construction and management rights to the project have been taken up by Gold Coast fund manager MFS. Under the deal Pavillions, which will comprise 78 luxury units will be badged under the Mirage brand joining the existing Mirage resorts at Port Douglas and the Gold Coast