Make a Submission on KUR-World EIS

Help stop KUR-World and the damage it would cause to the ecologically fragile Myola valley near Kuranda in Far North Queensland.

The submission period is short and ends 30 November: Send your submission NOW

If you have time, please write an individually worded submission against this mega resort, shopping, business and sports complex (including a golf course). See details below.

If you are short of time, you can copy and paste the points below into your email.

This large development is planned right in the middle of an important ecological corridor next to the Wet Tropics with endangered species such as the Southern Cassowary and the endemic Kuranda tree frog and Myola palm.

By writing an individually worded submission your objection will be more  powerful.

You may want to include the following points:

The development of 171 hectares in an important ecological corridor is likely to:

  • damage the habitat of endemic and endangered species including the Myola Palm and  Kuranda tree frog especially as most intense development is planned to be situated in the northern part, home to some of the breeding grounds of this frog. The developer has already constructed a large dam here  and is likely to have caused damage.

  • fragment the endangered cassowary's habitat & ecological corridors. This impact is highly unlikely to be mitigated by a wild dog control program. Especially as, as admitted in the EIS, it is uncertain whether control of wild dogs would succeed. It is also noted in the EIS that the use of poison could kill the endangered northern quoll. The clearing of essential habitat would be highly unlikely to be mitigated by re-vegetation elsewhere or by not cutting down regrowth.

  • impact negatively on nearby Wet Tropics World Heritage values as this area is part of an important buffer zone in the narrowest part of the Wet Tropics linking the south to the north.

The influx of thousands of visitors [ up to 1400 visitors ( non residential) a day (480,000 a year) plus on site accommodation for approximately 2000- 3000 (conservative estimates)] is likely to

  • negatively affect local cultures both First Nations and non-Indigenous and community values

  • stress already inadequate infrastructure including

  1. roads such as the Kuranda Range road linking Kuranda and the Tablelands to Cairns which is already prone to accidents and landslides

  2. electricity with outages already frequent

  3. water quality and quantity. Bores already run dry in the area in times of drought. It is not sustainable to water a thirsty golf course and provide water for a satellite suburb/ mega resort in this area.

  4. telecommunication with internet and phone access being problematic for many residents already

  5. medical services especially with the risk of flu epidemics, zoonoses and the reintroduction of mosquito borne disease such as malaria and dengue. (The target market is visitors from areas where both are endemic.) The nearest hospital to the KUR-World project is about 40 minutes away in Mareeba and is a small local hospital with limited facilities and between 50 and 99 beds. Cairns hospital is accessed via the Kuranda Range road which is often closed due to accidents and landslides, especially in wet weather. The planned one doctor on site is not adequate.

The government needs to refuse this application as it is too big and in the wrong place.

In a formal submission, you must include

  1. The name of project - KUR-World Integrated “Eco-Resort”-
  2. Your contact details 
  • full name,
  • organisation if relevant,
  • postal address,
  • phone number ,
  • email address,
  • signature ( if posted or faxed) and
  • date.

To send:

1. email it to or

2. post it to:

Project manager, KUR-World Integrated Eco-Resort project
Coordinated Project Delivery Division
Office of the Coordinator-General
PO Box 15517
City East Qld 4002 Australia

3. fax to +61 7 3220 6502

Thank you for your support! To read the draft EIS, click here

Friends of the Earth Far North Queensland