What is KUR-World? KUR-World is an resort proposal planned for land between Warrill Drive and Barnwell Road, Myola area. The owner of the land is Macau-based senior marketing exec for Wynns Hotels and Casinos, Ken Lee, who purchased the property in January 2014.
Where is KUR-World? At the end of Barnwell Rd, Myola, a ten-minute drive out of Kuranda village on a property of twelve rural titles (646 hectares).
Key Features of Proposal
Proposed project value $860million; Proposed population 4,000 plus people capacity plus 550 day visitors (current local Kuranda region population is approx. 2,000) 'Queenslander' Lots 21 Residential lots $600,000 / lot ‘Premium Villas’ 288 Residential lots approx. $592,000 / lot* ‘Lifestyle Villas’ 56 Residential lots approx. $600,000 /lot* Business and Leisure Hotel and Function Centre4-star 270 apartment rooms, approx. $392,000 / apartment* ‘Rainforest Education Centre and Adventure Park’ 350 Beds 10 Glamping tents Zip line(s) Student accommodation 330 Beds Equestrian Centre and Farm Theme Park110 Beds farm stay 15 glamping tents Five Star ‘Eco-Resort’ 200 Rooms Wellbeing Retreat 60 Suites
Source: Kur World EIS Chapter 4
Huge, high-density housing development / theme park marketed as an ‘eco-resort’. Kuranda's ‘AQUIS in the rainforest’
TOO BIG 4000 people plus 635 residences shocking 15+ buildings 5 storeys high.
WRONG PLACE Cuts narrow ecological corridor linking North and South Wet Tropics World Heritage area. This is Internationally recognised as a Key Biodiversity area.
NOT ENOUGH WATER TOO MUCH WASTE Proposed monopolisation of substantial unregulated groundwater. Waste water threatens water quality for residents and threatened species.
ROAD CONGESTION Kuranda Range road already close to capacity. Highways north of Cairns and north of Tablelands affected.
NO TRUST Proponent has no experience. Actions to date could be fined. Council facilitating development not balanced with protecting people of the Kuranda or the environment
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Kuranda Envirocare creates a position on the Kur-World Proposal
Kur-World proposal for Myola Valley was first noted in the media in June 2016. Residents have been learning more about the development and in March 2017 Kuranda Envirocare general meeting discussed their concerns and desires and developed a position statement with our vision statement in mind.