8 February, 2016
Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula will receive a major economic boost after the $150 million redevelopment of the RACV Cape Schanck Resort was formally launched today by The Honourable John Eren MP, Minister for Tourism & Major Events..
RACV members, guests and the local community will be able to access outstanding new facilities and additional great value holiday and leisure experiences when RACV Cape Schanck Resort is transformed into a 200-plus-room resort and conference facility by mid-2018.
RACV President Kevin White said the redevelopment is one of the largest single tourism investments in regional Victoria in recent years.
“Cape Schanck was one of RACV’s first resorts and over the past 11 years has proven to be a much-loved destination for our members and guests.
“This demand, together with opportunities to better service the broader conference and event market, has led us to develop a modern facility which is more aligned to member needs and expectations and modern conferencing requirements.
During the expected two-and-a-half-year construction period, this $150 million redevelopment will create more than 350 construction jobs, with many expected to be in the region,” he said.
In a further boost to the local economy, it is anticipated that around 60 new jobs will be created in accommodation, restaurant, health and wellness, conferencing and events at the redeveloped resort – lifting our staff complement at the redeveloped resort to approximately 150 people.
As the region’s only 200-plus room, 4.5-star resort and conferencing centre, the redeveloped RACV Cape Schanck Resort will enable the Mornington Peninsula to attract and grow the number of large-scale events and conferences held in the region, which will also provide a very significant boost to tourism.
Mr White said that overall, the economic benefit that will flow to the Mornington Peninsula is nearly $12 million per annum.
“Mornington Peninsula businesses, which already benefit from the significant RACV Cape Schanck Resort visitation, will also see activity grow substantially when the redeveloped resort is completed.
“The anticipated increase in event and conference activity also will have a positive effect on tourism businesses in the region as multi-day conferences often include off-site activities,” Mr White said.
RACV is confident that award-winning architects Wood Marsh have met the challenges of creating a design that is sensitive to the magnificent location on the southern-most tip of Victoria’s glorious Mornington Peninsula.
The design comprises unique architecture, panoramic views and state-of-the-art facilities, which will no doubt provide further reasons to visit this very special part of Victoria.
The project contractor is Kane Constructions, who have completed a number of capital works projects for RACV including the highly acclaimed RACV Torquay Resort, which was recently recognised as one of Australia’s top 25 hotels by TripAdvisor.
The redeveloped facility will integrate existing golf, accommodation and other resort facilities within a new centrally located building, which is sited and oriented to capture views of Bass Strait and Port Phillip Bay.
The redeveloped RACV Cape Schanck Resort will complement RACV’s seven other resorts in Victoria, Queensland and Tasmania – Goldfields (Central Goldfields), Torquay (Great Ocean Road), Cobram (The Murray), Inverloch (South Gippsland), Royal Pines (Gold Coast), Noosa (Sunshine Coast) and the RACV Hobart Apartment Hotel.
RACV has more than 2.1 million members and across Australia there are more than 7 million auto club members who can access Cape Schanck Resort and RACV’s other resorts and benefit from special member pricing.
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Below: RACV President Kevin White and the Honourable John Eren MP, Minister for Tourism & Major Events.