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Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa, Australia

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  2. 2. Analysis of Preliminary Environmental Assessment Plan<br />Larry Nagazina<br />Tourism Planning - HFT6712<br />Florida International University 2010<br />
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  5. 5. Blue Mountains, Australia<br />
  6. 6. Location<br />New South Wales<br />190 km or 3 hour drive north-west from Sydney<br />Wolgan Valley<br />Gardens of Stone National Park to the north and south<br />Wollemi National Park to the east<br />Part of The Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage site<br />
  7. 7. History<br />Australia is home to the oldest living culture in the world—evidence of first hunters dates back 12,000 years<br />Today, the territory is shared by four Aboriginal Nations; the Wiradjuri are most predominant<br />The name Wolgan Valley is derived from the Aboriginal word, 'wolga', used for the vine commonly known as Old Man's Beard, found throughout the region<br />In 1823, Robert Hoddle was first European to discover Wolgan Valley<br />The Homestead was built in 1832 from materials found almost entirely on site using the traditional slab hut method of construction<br />In 1929, the Webb family arrived at the Homestead to graze their cattle and sheep and the land grant remained in family until 2006<br />
  8. 8. Vision Statement<br />“The project aim is to create a natural sanctuary where guests can enjoy absolute luxury tranquility and connection with nature. The project has been designed to sit lightly within its environment, in a manner that is sympathetic to the very special natural, cultural and scenic values of the valley.”<br />
  9. 9. What do you think needs to be taken into consideration to achieve this vision?<br />
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  11. 11. Environmental Considerations<br /><ul><li>Threatened plant and animal communities;
  12. 12. Bushfire hazards;
  13. 13. Vehicle access;
  14. 14. Protection and management of the environment;
  15. 15. Cultural heritage
  16. 16. Water quality (sewage treatment & disposal);
  17. 17. Utility supply; and
  18. 18. Scenic quality and character</li></li></ul><li>Matters addressed in this report<br /><ul><li>Archaeological Impact Assessment
  19. 19. Water and Energy Conservation Plan;
  20. 20. External Lighting Plan;
  21. 21. Construction Management Plan;
  22. 22. Infrastructure Plan; and
  23. 23. Landscape Management Plan</li></li></ul><li>Approved Concept Plan<br />
  24. 24. Proposed Modifications to Concept Plan<br />Addition of an off-site electricity line including fiber optic cable to service the site<br />Modified resort layout:<br />Relocation of helipad<br />Re-alignment of the internal access road<br />Addition of gatehouse (not visible from Wolgan Road)<br />Addition of stables (for 12 horses)<br />Supply of water<br />Relocation of staff accommodation and maintenance areas<br />Incorporation of National Parks and Wildlife Services land<br />Addition of feral fence<br />
  25. 25. Proposed Modifications<br />
  26. 26. National Parks and Wildlife Services Land Re-Distribution<br />
  27. 27. Cultural Heritage<br />How do you preserve the cultural heritage?<br />CLASS<br />ROLEPLAY<br />
  28. 28. Development<br />On November 21st, 2007, Emirates Airline commenced the development of the $69 million luxury Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa in Australia's Blue Mountains, a project that will see the transformation of 4,000 acres of distressed farming land into a high-value conservation site.<br />Two percent of the 4,000 acres will be used to create an exclusive resort of 40 free-standing suites and a main homestead that will feature fine dining, a Timeless Spa, pool area and conference facilities. The remaining land will be progressively restored to its natural state with the reintroduction of native fauna and flora. The Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa opened on October 1st, 2009.<br />