Orford project rekindled

Source: The Mercury, November 13, 2012

A $130 MILLION East Coast development which has been in limbo for almost a decade is set to be “resuscitated”.

Glamorgan Spring Bay mayor Bertrand Cadart said proponents were preparing to give the stalled project “mouth to mouth”.

The Solis development at Louisville Point near Orford was announced by Victoria’s Bayport Group in 2003. The development site covers 272ha, with approval for 620 residential lots, a golf course, a health spa and visitor cabins. Developer Mario Torossi yesterday would not comment.

However, Cr Cadart said he had been working with the State Government and the proponents to push the development ahead.

“The project is not quite resuscitated as such, but it is definitely revived,” he said.

“I would describe it by saying that we are in the process of doing mouth-to-mouth resuscitation.”

Despite reassurances there would soon be some movement on the project, Cr Cadart said it would be another 10 to 15 years before it was fully developed.

He said it was important the project was delivered in stages so work could be carried out by local tradespeople and suppliers. “When it’s finished we should have there almost a township that will be, in [terms of] house numbers, as big as Triabunna,” Cr Cadart said.

Despite having approval for the project, he said developers had to overcome a number of issues, including irrigation for the golf course and water supply for the town.

Barnbougle golfing mastermind Greg Ramsay has been hired to revise the development, which was originally set to feature a Greg Norman-designed golf course.

Despite reports last year that a Tasmanian real estate company had been acting as a consultant for Bayport, no blocks in the development have been sold.

source: http://www.themercury.com.au/article/2012/11/13/365932_tasmania-news.html