North Queensland mega resort gets go-ahead

The Federal Government has given the go-ahead for a controversial mega resort in far north Queensland.

The $1.4 billion resort complex on a disused cattle station at Ella Bay near Innisfail is set to be Queensland's biggest tourism development.

The Government's tick of approval comes after seven years on the drawing board and despite concerns over the impact on nearby world heritage-listed rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef.

But Federal Environment Minister Tony Burke says the approval is subject to 19 strict conditions, including the transfer of land to the national park and fencing to protect cassowaries.

Developer Rod Lamb says he is thrilled.

"[I'm] rather shocked by the news.

It's all very exciting," he said.

"It has been a long and protracted process but the project is very exciting for the town of Innisfail and hopefully it will reinvigorate the town." It is hoped the project will create up to 400 construction jobs and 800 full-time positions.

It is expected to take 15 years to build and will include three resorts, residential precincts, a retail village and a golf course.

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