The West Dapto site which was supposed to become a $1 billion tourism development linked to golfer Greg Norman has been put up for sale, after the companies which owned the land went in to liquidation.
The old Huntley Colliery, in Avondale, was to be turned into a golf course designed by the world famous sports star, as well as a hotel, driving range, recreational centre and high-end health spa.
However, these plans are now in limbo after VIG Huntley Golf Pty Ltd and VIG Huntley Pty Ltd – subsidiaries of Visionary Investment Group – went into liquidation in September.
Now, as the companies are wound up, liquidators have placed the 495-hectare land – located at 528-676 Avondale Road – up for sale.
He was flown in by helicopter to meet with numerous local leaders and Visionary Investment Group’s chief executive Michael Guo, for a “groundbreaking ceremony” to mark the start of work at the site.
Then, the golf resort – to be known as “Silkari at Avondale” – was spruiked as a chance to turn Dapto’s “amazing landscape” into “the best holiday experience on the planet, ever, period“, with the site’s architect likening it to the Daintree.
Mr Guo said he hoped the development would become “the pride of the Illawarra” and appeal to Wollongong residents, overseas tourists, “mums and dads and newlyweds and politicians”.
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