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A long-mooted luxury golf course and tourism resort on Kangaroo Island – originally designed by Greg Norman – has been green-lit, with development authorisation signed off by the Governor.

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The Kangaroo Island Golf Resort proposal – originally billed as a $30 million venture – was declared a major development in 2014, with approval to proceed granted today.

The Programmed Turnpoint Pty Ltd development on the Dudley Peninsula – between Pelican Lagoon and Pennington Bay at the eastern end of the island – is mooted to create up to 50 full-time jobs once up and running.

An environmental report on the project said “the internationally renowned Australian golf legend [Greg Norman Golf Design] was appointed to layout the course”.

However, it’s understood the final design will go out tender, with the developers expecting strong interest from a field of international designers.

Planning Minister John Rau said the development would enhance “one of our best known tourism regions”.

“Now it will also have a world-class 18-hole, championship-length golf course, associated international standard practice facilities and a clubhouse with dining and functions facilities,” he said.

It will also include accommodation lodges, with 20 twin-bedroom suites.

“We expect that, once built, the resort will greatly benefit tourism,” Rau said.

“The Government’s vision for Kangaroo Island is clear and this is another step towards achieving that.”

Recently-appointed Kangaroo Island Commissioner Wendy Campana said the golf course would be a “terrific asset”, complementing a planned airport upgrade, which “will provide ready access to interstate and international tourists to come to the Island to play golf”.

“Kangaroo Island has so much to offer and it’s great that Programmed Turnpoint Pty Ltd has recognised this and is investing in the Island.”

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