Whyalla City Council is working with a developer and hotelier on the proposed foreshore hotel, which is hoped to improve the city’s liveability and enhance its appeal.
The three key parties have signed a Memorandum of Understanding in a deal which will see the proposed hotel development integrated into the Whyalla foreshore precinct.
The Memorandum of Understanding confirms each party's intent to develop Whyalla as a key tourism and business destination while taking community priorities into account.
Concept plans for the proposed development include an outdoor swimming pool adjacent the hotel, which would be accessible to the broader community.
Whyalla Mayor Clare McLaughlin said the MOU was vital to maximise the outcomes that a development of this nature could provide our community and economy.
"Combined with our iconic jetty, the proposed hotel would not only be a beacon to attract significant increases in tourists, new businesses and new investment to our city; but also improve liveability for residents," says Ms McLaughlin.
The Council have reported there are still a number of steps to go before seeking state government planning approval.
The MOU targets:
- A significant number of new hospitality jobs
- Additional flights into Whyalla (including direct from major cities other than Adelaide)
- Construction of an outdoor swimming pool and car park adjacent to the hotel (at the developers' expense), which would be Accessible to the broader community
- New residential apartment options for residents
- Expansion and enhancement of Ada Ryan Gardens
- Federal, State and private funding for the broader foreshore redevelopment (thereby reducing the need for ratepayer funding)
- Increased supply opportunities for local business to the hotel
- Hospitality training facilitated through local TAFE, training organisations and Whyalla Secondary College
- High-end event and conference facilities