Great Keppel Island Hideaway – one of the largest generators of tourists on the Southern Great Barrier Reef – has signed a unique partnership agreement creating an island base for CQUniversity – one of Regional Australia’s largest training, education, and research institutions.
Capricorn Enterprise CEO Mary Carroll said “GKI Hideaway is about to embark upon a major environmental sustainability campaign involving ‘green’ upgrades to their power, water, sewerage and permaculture systems, along with important land restoration projects, and they have sought assistance from CQUniversity experts.
“In turn, CQUniversity has spotted tremendous potential to leverage training, teaching and research opportunities in these projects across fields such as engineering, environmental and marine science, horticulture, conservation and land management, tourism and hospitality.
“Our students and our researchers will jump at the chance to work on real-world projects that contribute to the environmental sustainability of a busy tourist drawcard on the World-Heritage listed Great Barrier Reef.
GKI Hideaway Group Manager Kelly Harris said the partnership with CQUniversity would help the business transition to a much lighter environmental footprint using expertise from leading scientists, engineers, and conservationists.
“GKI Hideaway is committed to adopting absolute best practice in terms of how our infrastructure and operations coexist within our pristine yet sensitive island environment. CQUniversity’s expertise here is invaluable, and it gives us confidence to invest in these critical upgrades.
“The fact that we can proceed with our ‘green upgrades’ in a way that benefits education, training and research in our region makes it even more attractive for us. Everyone at GKI Hideaway is looking forward to ensuring CQUniversity has the most sought-after classroom in the country,” Kelly said.