Discovery Holiday Parks is pushing ahead with plans to double the number of cabins and camp sites at its holiday park at Cradle Mountain.
The company has applied to the Kentish Council for a permit to demolish 10 sites and build more camp sites and cabins and a new manager’s residence, with associated infrastructure.
The project is on Crown owned land at 3832 Cradle Mountain Road, close to the new Visitors Centre.
A Discovery Holiday Parks spokesperson said the state government focus on enhancing Cradle Mountain, meant it was the right time to upgrade the complex.
“We plan to invest $20 million in 74 new cabins and 51 new caravan and camping sites. The cabins will be a mixture of standard, superior and deluxe, and the park will continue to provide affordable accommodation.
“We will also be building some new cabins suitable for those with mobility needs or disabilities, along with additional amenities and communal facilities to accommodate additional camping and caravan guests.
“Any development will prioritise the protection of the pristine natural setting.
“We have been working with a specialist environmental and cultural advisor to ensure environmental conservation is paramount through any planned development, and that traditional landowners are consulted and engaged.”
In May this year, the Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) asked for public comment on the development’s impact on the environment, particularly for its potential effects on vegetation and wildlife habitat.
The draft Environmental Impact Statement, released at the time for comment, said between 2.2 to 4.5 hectares of the 14.2 hectares to be leased could be cleared, with larger trees being felled to minimise fire risk.
It also acknowledged the site had burrows that could potentially be habitat for wombats and devils, or could be quoll dens.
The PWS is not referring the proposal to the Commonwealth under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999.
The development would be in five stages and would result in a total of 228 sites, including five cabins with disabled access, and a new amenity block.
The new manager’s residence would allow the reception and shop facilities at the site entrance to expand.
The holiday park currently has 66 camp sites, 34 cabins, 18 dormitories, two bunk houses, an office, private residence, general use area and toilet block.
The spokesperson said local contractors would be preferred. Comments close on September 26.