Both sides of politics have thrown their support behind a controversial resort development in far north Queensland.
After seven years on the drawing board, the $1.4 billion resort at Ella Bay, near Innisfail, has secured State and Federal Government approval.
The Commonwealth granted its approval yesterday, subject to strict environmental conditions to protect the nearby Wet Tropics and the Great Barrier Reef.
State Labor MP Curtis Pitt says the mega resort will be good for the region.
"One that could quite literally change the face of the Cassowary Coast region," he said.
"It's well and truly going to put Innisfail on the tourism map." Mr Pitt says he is satisfied the Federal Government's strict environmental conditions will ensure the pristine area is protected.
"I'm completely blown away by what they've done," he said.
"I think they've been forced, and quite rightly, to take an above-and-beyond approach." However, conservationist Russell Constable from the Cassowary Coast Alliance says he still holds grave fears.
"Optimism isn't a word that goes through my head," he said.
"We'll see what happens but I honestly don't believe we'll have a lot of sway." He says they have been let down.
"They've put all their eggs in one basket, using untrialled [sic] fencing methods and strategies, it's not something that you sleep easy thinking about," he said.
Developer Rod Lamb says he is confident the project will now be able to secure the necessary financial backing to get up.
"We have other investors at the moment but it will significantly help the opportunity to get external investors," he said.
"As we move out of the GFC [global financial crisis] and the mining boom, and as other developments come in, I'm sure that tourism will become another big player in the Cairns region again." Mr Lamb says while he is relieved the project has been approved, there is still a long way to go.
"Look, it'll take a number of years before it's up and going, there's still a fair bit of work to do," he said.
The resort is expected to take 15 years to build.