A plan to redevelop the 95-hectare Paradise Palms golf course into a residential and tourist precinct has been endorsed by Council.
Representing the largest freehold parcel of land in Cairns, north of the Barron River and outside of the Barron River delta floodplain, it was originally developed by the Daikyo Corporation in the late 1980s, with the golf course officially opened in 1990.
A masterplan for the proposed $300-million development, known as 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 33.4 hectares) of the development, with plans for a network of parks, walking trails and cycle paths.
Residential development in the low density precinct – which accounts for about 35 per cent of the site – will be limited to 330 lots, with a minimum average size of 600 square metres.
A further 10 hectares 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, and the repurposing ed to include shops, restaurants, bars and function rooms.
Due to the scale and significance of the development, 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, Council also contacted the Queensland Urban Design and Places Panel, to provide independent advice.