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31 March, 2021

Cassowary Coast Council terminates Dunk Island Spit lease

Almost 12 months to the day after signing a 30 year lease allowing Mayfair 101 access to the Dunk Island Spit the agreement has been terminated by Council.

A Council spokesman said the termination notice had been issued earlier this week, returning control and management of the site to Council.

Council worked closely with the former lessee to activate the Spit; however, due to ongoing complications, the lessee was unable to meet the commitments outlined in the lease.

Since taking possession of the site on 30 March 2021, Council has carried out a preliminary clean-up of the area to accommodate incoming guests over the Easter Holidays.

Officers are in the process of appointing a short-term caretaker to manage the site, take bookings and clean the amenities.

Council expects to advertise the tender for the Dunk Island Spit Lease in April 2021. The objective being, to see the Spit realise its full potential and complement the many attractions on the mainland and the wider region.

Beyond this, it is not appropriate for Council to comment on Mayfair 101’s general business situation. As such all enquiries for additional comment should be referred to Mayfair 101.

In march 2020 the Council signed the original lease approving a covered beachside bar and viewing decks, as well as upgrades to camping areas, barbecue and toilet facilities.

It was anticipated that other works which would be undertaken by the lessee including sand replenishment and revegetation activities.

It was expected that the  developments of Dunk Island Spit will provide for array of nature and adventure based activities whilst maintaining the laid back style which the region and the Mission Beach area is famous for.

Twelve months later with Mayfair 1010 facing a class action from investors along with an ASIC investigations and charges, Dunk Island spit remains undeveloped and failing to fulfil community or economic expectations.

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