Chinese-backed bid to build resort overlooking Tasmanian national park rejected

An application to rezone 3000 hectares of land for construction of a sprawling complex overlooking a national park in Tasmania has been knocked back.

The state’s planning commission has rejected the proposal Australian-listed company Cambria Green to build a mega resort that included 550 accommodation units and hotel rooms, two golf courses and an 80-bed health spa overlooking Freycinet National Park.

The planning commission said the proposal did not have evidence it had the consent of all of the Hong Kong-based landowners to make the rezoning application, and had failed to comply with the Corporations Act in the letter of consent for the one title owned by Cambria Green.

The decision means Cambria Green would have to go through the two-year rezoning process anew.

Greens leader Cassy O’Connor said the application was “opaque”.

“We hope the proponents listen to the community and just be content to look after the 3,000-plus hectares as prime agricultural land, rather than try to develop it into a massive resort and palliative care centre for cashed up Chinese tourists,” O’Connor said.