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Chinese owners ban Aussie locals from entering Australian beach as tensions rise

Saho

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On Keswick Island, 30km from Mackay in the Whitsundays, life has changed dramatically.

Land-based access to sections of the national park have been “locked” or blocked with boulders; keep out signs have been erected along the foreshore.
The airstrip is no longer accessible and, worst of all according to locals, one of the island’s most majestic public beaches is off limits.

The picturesque playground in the Coral Sea is being controlled by a Chinese developer who has gone to ground after purchasing the 96-year lease for 117 hectares with plans to develop a tourist resort to accommodate 3000 people.

China Bloom, through Adelaide-based agent Greaton Holdings, took control of the largest lease on the subtropical island in 2019 after it was listed for sale at just under $20 million.

But the small community that calls the 530 hectares of Keswick Island home has been banned from accessing large parts of public land, including the national park (which accounts for 400 hectares).

Buggy access to the esplanade on beautiful Basil Bay is now off limits. The track is blocked with rocks and “permit only” signs.
 

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What is this? Seller's remorse or national security threat bullsh!t? LOL. It's called a deal. If you don't want to honor the deal you shouldn't have signed it. Now apologize for your war crimes and move on:argh:.
 

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Under capitalism, the rights of the owner to do with private property as they see fit is absolute.

This is simply capitalism at work. What did Australians think this was, China? No, it's Australia, you surprised?
 

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Shocking: New owner of property makes use of property after Australians sold the property to the new owner and prevents tresspassing into his property. But dont get it wrong the owner is Chinese and the tresspassers Australian, so the owner is in the wrong and the tresspassers are the victims!
 

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