Mercure Capricorn Resort Photo Contributed
Mercure Capricorn Resort Photo Contributed Contributed

Iwasaki resort expansion up for environmental assessment

A PROPOSED $600 million expansion of the Mercure Capricorn Resort at Yeppoon has been referred to the Australian Department of Environment to assess any national environmental impacts.

The Iwasaki Sangyo Company project includes the development of 1500ha of land across the southern portion of their 9000ha landholding.

It is set to include a new 300-suite resort, an air strip, caravan parks, retirement villages and residential dwellings, as well as nature conservation areas and an energy farm.

The referral, which was submitted last month, states that the development will not directly impact the Great Barrier Reef or the Corio Bay wetlands.

It states that the most northern extent of the development proposed is approximately 1.8km south of the southern-most point of the wetlands.

It is also submitted that any potential impacts to the bay can be appropriately managed by focusing the development around the southern portion of the site and avoiding intensive development within the conservation precinct.

The referral does admit there are some potential risks to threatened and migratory species and ecological communities.

However, it says measures to address these impacts will be assessed in the Environmental Impact Statement, which is still being prepared.

The public is invited to comment on the referral, which can be found at


  • New 300 suite Resort and associated facilities (in addition to the existing 300 suite resort)
  • Eco-retreats and wellness centre
  • Energy farm
  • Caravan parks and retirement villages
  • Air strip
  • Residential dwellings
  • Village centre
  • Public open space
  • Tourism opportunities with working cattle station
  • Conservation areas comprising natural wetlands and habitats