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#76 Post by Nort » Thu Jun 11, 2020 5:59 pm

That's really cool.

Imagine something like that at Glenelg, with the inside of the circle a space that has slides and other water amusements.

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#77 Post by Patrick_27 » Fri Jun 19, 2020 1:14 am

Nort wrote:
Thu Jun 11, 2020 5:59 pm
That's really cool.

Imagine something like that at Glenelg, with the inside of the circle a space that has slides and other water amusements.
Begs the question why the Holfast Bay council haven't decided on something like this. I know the state government have been touting a massive overhaul of the Glenelg jetty, but I'm of the opinion that jetties with buildings and the like at the end are a thing of the past. They were decided against 70+ years ago because rough seas could bring the whole thing down. Glenelg jetty is among the worst of the metropolitan jetties and yet it's located one of Adelaide's main tourism hotspots.

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#78 Post by how good is he » Fri Jun 19, 2020 9:46 am

There was a big $90m proposal for a new jetty including hotel etc etc and Marshall went into the last election promising the first $20m. I think it was conditional on a business plan and private companies, council etc paying for the rest of it.

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#79 Post by Will » Thu Jul 30, 2020 1:26 pm

From the Whyalla News

Sounds promising.
Foreshore the home for $100m, nine-storey hotel

Louis Mayfield
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It's "Where the Outback meets the Sea" all over again.

That is how Thrive Construct Chief Executive Barrie Harrop described his vision for a new $100 million, nine-storey hotel coming to the Whyalla Foreshore.

The resort will create 400 long-term jobs and include features such as Australia's largest blue water lagoon, multiple restaurants, and seaplane flights around the Upper Spencer Gulf.

A mainstay in Whyalla's hospitality industry since 1985, the Foreshore Motor-Inn will be bulldozed to make way for the building, with construction set to begin early in the New Year.


The resort will include in the vicinity of 170-180 rooms with 45 apartments that will be available for purchase, and a penthouse situated in the top two levels.

Mr Harrop said one of the biggest draws to bring a hotel of this size to Whyalla was the Great Australian Cuttlefish, which he views as an attraction worthy of a heritage listing.

"The single biggest occupancy factor is the cuttlefish," he said.

"As a hotelier your two-to-three month low period knocks out your occupancy for the whole year, but Whyalla is a unique situation because the cuttlefish are the biggest attraction in Australia in the winter.

"Whyalla is not even on the map for a lot of scuba divers...imagine if we had 500 divers coming on the bus to see the cuttlefish and staying at the resort here.

"The place could be booked out for the whole of the low period."

The lagoon will be suitable for scuba-diving or snorkelling training, while the seaplanes will make the resort a 'launching pad' for regional SA.

"We see an opportunity here to embrace the local community of Whyalla and the region, everyone forgets that Whyalla is a significant regional centre and there's a lot of activity just within the region," he said.

The resort stands as the single biggest tourism investment in Whyalla, and Foreshore Motor-Inn Owner and Tourism Focus Group Chair Barbara Derham is excited about the future - if a little sad to see her hotel go.

"If this all goes ahead, what a fantastic asset it will be for the city," she said.

"Of course I am a bit sad, this hotel has been my life since 1985 - so when the bulldozers come I'm not sure if I'll stay and watch or run away in tears.

"But it is a really exciting time for Whyalla."

Ms Derham said the hotel would also be a fantastic employment opportunity for Whyalla's young people, offering them a chance to start a career path in hospitality.

"Everything from chefs to gardeners, front-of-house to management, there will be massive pathways the town's youth," she said.

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#80 Post by Will » Wed Dec 02, 2020 7:36 am

There was an article in the Advertiser yesterday behind a paywall regarding a 9 level hotel planned for Whyalla. If anyone with access could post it, that would be greatly appreciated.

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#81 Post by Will » Wed Dec 02, 2020 7:36 am

There was an article in the Advertiser yesterday behind a paywall regarding a 9 level hotel planned for Whyalla. If anyone with access could post it, that would be greatly appreciated.

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#82 Post by wilkiebarkid » Wed Dec 02, 2020 6:55 pm

Will wrote:
Wed Dec 02, 2020 7:36 am
There was an article in the Advertiser yesterday behind a paywall regarding a 9 level hotel planned for Whyalla. If anyone with access could post it, that would be greatly appreciated.
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#83 Post by Ho Really » Thu Dec 03, 2020 10:01 pm

wilkiebarkid, here's the article.
$100m Whyalla hotel to create 300 jobs, Thrive Construct says, with plans to be lodged early in the new year

Plans for a nine-storey complex on the Whyalla foreshore are expected to be lodged early in the new year. See the artist’s impressions.
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November 30, 2020 - 8:46PM
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The proponents of a $100m nine-storey hotel on the Whyalla waterfront hope to secure planning approval early in the new year to capitalise on more people exploring the regions.

Thrive Construct’s co-directors Barrie Harrop and Peter Villis are behind the development on the Whyalla Foreshore Motor Inn site.

Mr Harrop said about 15 buyers were “progressively paying deposits” on homes to be built in the complex, which will feature about 180 hotel suites and 49 apartments.

He expects the plans to be submitted to the State Planning Commission for consideration early in the new year, with construction starting around mid-2021 and taking less than a year.

“We know that if we get our timing right … we’ll be booked out for the foreseeable future,” Mr Harrop said.

“We’ve got 10 million Australians that went overseas every year and they’re not going overseas in the foreseeable future. There’s been a very strong focus on regional parts of Australia.”
The project is also expected to include food and beverage outlets, conference facilities and a large saltwater lagoon.

Mr Harrop said it would create about 300 full-time jobs on completion.

“Our planned project will sit “cheek by jowl” with a 100-year-old botanical gardens on the seafront, overlooking the stunning new Whyalla jetty,” he said.

“A lot of people don’t realise that accommodation in Whyalla is hard to come by most of the year.

“It’s the launch pad for an outback experience so from a tourism perspective it’s very attractive, but there’s nowhere for people to stay.”

UK industrialist Sanjeev Gupta’s GFG Alliance is planning a major rejuvenation of the Whyalla steelworks, costing more than $1bn.

“If you look beyond GFG’s plans there's several billion dollars worth of renewable energy projects in that area,” Mr Harrop said. “That’s created a lot of confidence and the $100m high school is completely out of left field and will be an amazing educational facility for the area.”

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Re: Whyalla | Developments & News

#84 Post by Nort » Tue Apr 06, 2021 6:07 pm

Citibank is trying to break up the GFG operations. Hopefully they pull through.

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#85 Post by Jaymz » Thu Apr 08, 2021 4:52 pm

Nort wrote:
Tue Apr 06, 2021 6:07 pm
Citibank is trying to break up the GFG operations. Hopefully they pull through.

Yep, this is getting a bit murky. My take (only from skimming articles) is Citibank, acting on behalf of Credit Suisse are creditors of Greensill Capital, who were the financiers of GFG's operations and they are now wanting their money back. Sounds like a house of cards or dominoes, which ever analogy you wish to use. As I said, this is my very simplified take on things.

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#86 Post by Nathan » Thu Apr 08, 2021 8:27 pm

Jaymz wrote:
Thu Apr 08, 2021 4:52 pm
Nort wrote:
Tue Apr 06, 2021 6:07 pm
Citibank is trying to break up the GFG operations. Hopefully they pull through.

Yep, this is getting a bit murky. My take (only from skimming articles) is Citibank, acting on behalf of Credit Suisse are creditors of Greensill Capital, who were the financiers of GFG's operations and they are now wanting their money back. Sounds like a house of cards or dominoes, which ever analogy you wish to use. As I said, this is my very simplified take on things.
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#87 Post by PeFe » Wed Sep 01, 2021 4:07 pm

Canadian energy company Amp Energy is forging ahead with plans for a hydrogen hub near Whyalla.

https://reneweconomy.com.au/amp-energy- ... ogen-play/

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