Detailed in Tattarang’s submission to the EPA is the vision to create a Western Australian tourism icon through the transformation of the existing Exmouth caravan park into a sustainable world-class resort.
The EPA application has been submitted by Z1Z Resorts Pty Ltd, an entity named after Tattarang’s lifestyle business. Once approved, the project will be led by Tattarang’s property business Fiveight.
The proposed resort will be nestled at the foot of Padjari Manu (Vlamingh Head), 13km north of Exmouth, and represents the largest tourism investment into Western Australia’s North West.
The resort will be low impact and blend seamlessly into the natural environment, with a mix of accommodation options to suit a wide range of experiences and budgets. Accommodation offerings will range from hotel rooms to family-friendly villas, lodges and powered caravan sites.
The plans also include associated guest facilities and amenities, including food and beverage offerings, swimming pools, spa, and various recreation and leisure facilities.
At full capacity, the resort would accommodate approximately 550 overnight guests – less than what the current caravan park is licensed to cater for.
Tattarang Chief Investment Officer John Hartman said the resort would help meet critical demand for additional accommodation in the region, create local jobs and generate income for existing tourism providers.
“We welcome the opportunity to engage further with government authorities and continue the strong and collaborative discussions with the Exmouth community that we have developed since we purchased the property,” Mr Hartman said.
Tattarang is dedicated to preserving the Ningaloo Coast’s natural environment and is developing a sustainability strategy to reduce the Ningaloo Lighthouse Resort’s footprint. Initiatives being considered include passive design strategies to encourage natural ventilation and daylighting, energy-efficient systems, renewable energy options, recycled organic waste for garden fertilisation to divert food waste from landfill and a smart waste educational plan for the Resort and guests.
Tourism Council WA CEO Evan Hall said new and innovative tourism products such as the Ningaloo Lighthouse project are essential to visitor appeal.
“Attracting visitors to any destination relies on the development of new and diverse experiences,” Mr Hall said.
“Western Australia has long lagged behind other destination in creating new, sustainable resorts in regional areas, providing authentic experiences for Western Australians and out-of-state visitors.”
A report produced by Lucid Economics predicted the Ningaloo Lighthouse Resort would create more than 120 local jobs during the construction phase and contribute almost $18 million to Exmouth’s economy.
Once operational, the resort will bring more than $30 million of income to Exmouth every year and create more than 150 ongoing jobs.
A dedicated project website with FAQs, pop-up market appearances and regular newsletters have helped share the vision of the Ningaloo Lighthouse Project in recent years. Hundreds of Exmouth residents and visitors have been consulted as part of Tattarang’s ongoing commitment to community engagement.
The public comment period will commence on 20 May 2022 and end on 10 June 2022 with further details available at www.epa.wa.gov.au.