All quiet on 'The Island'
HE CLAIMED he would transform the private island off Toogoom into an eco-friendly oasis complete with resort and function centre, but controversial character “Aussie Rob” Wilson is yet to put his money where his mouth is.
The Gold-Coast based businessman made headlines last year when he became the owner of one of the Fraser Coast’s most valuable pieces of real estate.
Known only as “The Island”, the 23-hectare property generated international interest when it went on the market in 2008.
The original asking price was $7m and while Aussie Rob never commented on what he forked out for it, reports suggested it was significantly less.
Mr Wilson owns Lifestyle Trader, a company that shows investors how to trade in the share market, but he is best known for his colourful comments and self-promotion.
When he moved into his office in the Chevron Renaissance towers on the Gold Coast, Mr Wilson appeared in various metro media and in numerous blogs which often describe him in less than flattering terms.
At the time of purchasing The Island, Mr Wilson told the Chronicle he was “jumping out of his skin” and was thrilled to be part of the “it club”.
He said that following a six-week holiday with his wife at the end of last year, he planned to start work on a lavish eco-resort which would house his clients and exclusive guests.
He also hoped to rename his little piece of paradise Lifestyle Island.
But lately Aussie Rob seems to be missing in action and local residents say the only recent activity on the island suggests progress has come to a halt.
Last week residents watched as building materials, furniture and other items were removed from the island.
“It looks like they are moving out,” one witness said.
“When we saw people on there we thought building might be about to start, but they seem to be clearing out instead.”
The Chronicle has not heard from the normally outspoken businessman and calls to his office this week have gone unanswered. When the Chronicle got in touch with his last known media manager, it was told they no longer worked for him.