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Environment, Culture & Heritage Questions

  • What is the Ningaloo Lighthouse Resort’s commitment to sustainability?

    • Tattarang is dedicated to preserving the Ningaloo Coast’s natural environment and is developing a sustainability strategy to reduce the Ningaloo Lighthouse Resort’s carbon footprint. Considered initiatives include:

      • Optimise passive design strategies to encourage natural ventilation and daylighting
      • Develop energy-efficient systems
      • Assess renewable energy options, including solar and geothermal
      • Recycle organic waste for garden fertilisation to divert food waste from landfill
      • Integrate a smart waste educational plan for the Resort and guests
  • Will the Ningaloo Lighthouse Resort influence turtle nesting habitats in the area?

    • The turtle nesting habitats are located within the Jurabi Coastal Park and outside the boundaries of the proposed site.

      Tattarang is committed to ensuring healthy nesting habitats and turtle populations. Education and interpretation are valuable tools to inform visitors of appropriate behaviour when walking through habitats and observing turtles.

      We will continue to work closely with the Exmouth office of the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions to help visitors and locals continue to conserve and protect the marine sea turtles in this area.

  • Will lights from the Ningaloo Lighthouse Resort confuse turtles that traditionally nest in the area?

    • Tattarang is committed to ensuring the Ningaloo Lighthouse Resort’s lighting design does not impact nesting turtle habitats. A specialist environmental scientist and biologist team recently conducted turtle nesting research along the Jurabi Coastal Park in the vicinity of the proposed Resort site.

      The team’s research will provide essential benchmark data for ongoing light monitoring and hatchling orientation. Refining and confirming lighting design suitability modelling will mitigate light pollution and conserve the dark night sky. This research will help to define a Resort Lighting Management Plan that will be used to inform the Resort approval process.

  • Where will the resort source its water from?

    • Tattarang is working with Nganhurra Thanardi Garrbu Aboriginal Corporation and the Department of Water and Environment Regulation for permission to access a nearby bore field and install new bores. Pending water quality test results and environmental approval processes, a reverse osmosis unit, seamlessly incorporated within the future Resort, will treat the water.

      Water is a precious resource. Tattarang intends to treat blackwater on the site and recycle wastewater through toilet flushing and irrigation systems.

  • Has any consideration been given to the area’s Aboriginal heritage and cultural sensitivities?

    • Yes. The project team has developed a Cultural Heritage Management Plan to ensure Baiyungu, Yinikurtura and Thalanyji heritage in the area is respected and retained. As with any new development, the proposed Resort will need to comply with the requirements of the Aboriginal Heritage Act 1972 before approval is granted.

      The Resort offers an opportunity to tell stories of Padjari Manu (Vlamingh Head) and Nyinggulu through a growing relationship and understanding between the Nyinggulu Ganyarajarri people and Tattarang.

  • What will happen to the Vlamingh Head Lighthouse Keepers’ Cottage?

    • The Lighthouse Keepers’ Cottage will be restored and maintained as an integral part of the future Resort offering, ensuring its ongoing use and enjoyment by the community. The small grave located near the proposed Resort will also be retained and incorporated within the site.

  • Will the existing dune system between the proposed resort and the beach be lowered?

    • No. The dune system and beach adjacent to the proposed Resort forms part of the Jurabi Coastal Park and is jointly managed by the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions and the Shire of Exmouth.

Local Content Questions

  • Will there be jobs for local people?

    • Yes. A local workforce will be prioritised. Tattarang wants as many jobs as possible to be filled by people who live in Exmouth or surrounding areas. This project is expected to create about 115 jobs during construction and 140 staff will be required for ongoing operations.

  • How can local businesses and suppliers get involved?

  • What is the redevelopment project worth to the Exmouth community?

    • An economic impact report predicts the development will create more than 115 local jobs during the construction phase and contribute almost $18 million to Exmouth’s economy. Once operational, it is anticipated the Resort will bring more than $30 million of income to Exmouth ever year and create hundreds of new direct and indirect jobs.

Access Questions

  • Will Yardie Creek Road close during construction?

    • No. During construction and operation, access to Yardie Creek Road will remain open and accessible to the public.

  • Will Yardie Creek Road be realigned as part of this development?

    • The proposed road realignment is an important improvement for the safety of visitors to the area. Advice on world’s best practice is, where possible, to avoid road crossings between tourist accommodation and visitor attractions to mitigate the risk of vehicle and pedestrian interaction. The realignment of Yardie Creek Road will provide this safety improvement while still enabling public access throughout the area.

  • Who is paying for the new road?

    • In June 2020, $6 million was committed toward this public infrastructure by the Federal and WA Governments. The public road project was recognised by the Exmouth Shire and State and Federal Governments as an important, shovel-ready project that could be quickly commenced to help kickstart the economy and create construction jobs in the wake of the COVID pandemic. Planning work, including design, is currently underway. The realignment of the road is subject to separate approval processes and timeframes.

  • Will public access to the coast adjacent to the property be restricted?

    • No. The public will retain full access to the beach and coast.

  • Will there be a private beach only for guests?

    • No. The coastline near the property will be accessible for everyone.

  • Will the Exmouth community be able to use the facilities once complete?

    • Yes, the community will be welcome to use facilities at the resort. More details will be made available in time.

  • How much will it cost to stay at the new resort?

    • The Ningaloo Lighthouse Resort will suit many budgets and traveller types. With a family-friendly, self-contained village atmosphere, guests will be able to choose from a mix of accommodation options, including eco tents, villas, caravan park bays and hotel rooms.

  • Are there any future proposals to install maritime infrastructure in front of the proposed resort?

    • No. Exmouth has three boat launching and jetty facilities: the Exmouth Boat Harbour, Bundegi Boat Ramp and Tantabiddi Boat Ramp.

Amenity Questions

  • Will the project see high-rise buildings on the Ningaloo Coast?

    • No. The buildings will be carefully designed to blend in seamlessly with the unique landscape and character of the Vlamingh Head precinct and guided by a visual landscape impact assessment. Tattarang is committed to retaining the semi-remote visitor experience that Ningaloo is famous for. Final design will be included in the development application and subject to a public consultation period in 2021.

  • How many people can stay at the new resort each night?

    • The proposal facilitates the redevelopment of an existing caravan park. The number of people who can stay each night at the site is determined by the precinct’s masterplan. The proposal outlines that the Resort will host a lower number of guests each night.

  • Will I still be able to camp at the new resort?

    • Yes, 62 caravan sites and 28 eco-tents are planned for the new Ningaloo Lighthouse Resort.

  • I usually stay at the Lighthouse every year, where do I stay while it is closed for redevelopment?

    • The local experts at the Ningaloo Visitor Centre can advise alternate accommodation in the area whilst the property is closed.
      www.ningaloocentre.com.au/visitor-centre
      reservations@exmouthwa.com.au
      +61 8 9949 3070

Tattarang and the Minderoo Foundation Questions

  • Is the Lighthouse project linked to the marine research hub at the Ningaloo Centre?

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