Resort's future looking bleak
THE future of Laguna Whitsundays is looking bleak.
After years of neglect the workload to restore the once award-winning golf resort might be enough to baulk future investors.
The Daily Mercury yesterday broke the news that the run-down resort, just south of Proserpine, had closed and that workers had been sacked.
Rumours that mining giants would jump at the chance to buy the once award-winning golf resort to use as a mining camp were dismissed by major companies such as Hancock Coal and BHP yesterday.
Tourism Whitsundays chief executive officer Peter O'Reilly said it was a shame the resort had closed and that it would be a huge task to restore the facility.
"I wouldn't be able to hazard a guess but there is a very large amount of work to be done; this would be a very significant project to be undertaken," Mr O'Reilly said yesterday.
"It is always a challenge for any resort that is geographically isolated and while Laguna was certainly better off than the islands, it was still tough."
Whitsunday Mayor Mike Brunker said he was not surprised the resort had shut.
"The tom-tom drums have been beating for a while... it's basically gone from being the penthouse to the out house," Cr Brunker said.
Mackay Regional Council has been left $1 million out of pocket in unpaid rate fees.
Mayor Col Meng said he would like to see the facility used for tourism.
"I'd like to see the investment that's there... I'd like to see it come back under the tourism banner and make it something that goes back to what it was," he said.
Resort owner David Marriner could not be contacted again yesterday.