Aussie Rob to invest millions
“AUSSIE Rob” Wilson remains passionately committed to investing millions of dollars into the Fraser Coast region.
The colourful finance identity went public yesterday to deny reports he had given up on his dream couldn’t be further from the truth.
The owner of one the region’s most unique pieces of real estate, The Island at Toogoom, scoffed at suggestions he was clearing out his piece of paradise.
He said he not only intended to keep and develop The Island in the future, he also had big plans underway for business on the mainland.
Last week the Chronicle attempted to contact Mr Wilson for an update on his plans for The Island which attracted international attention when it was for sale in 2008.
When Mr Wilson bought the property last December he talked of his dreams to develop the site into a haven for clients of his business Lifestyle Traders.
Recent activity on The Island had locals wondering whether he was having second thoughts.
But Mr Wilson said any suggestion of him losing interest in the area flew in the face of his goals and the only things being removed from the island were personal items to make way for renovations.
He said he was concerned comments about him “missing in action” may have led locals and clients to believe something was wrong and wanted to assure them he was there for the long haul.
He said the reason for his delayed response was that he had been juggling business ventures including securing the purchase of two cafes in Hervey Bay.
The eateries, previously Mondo’s Cafe and Bella Vista, are set to be transformed into wine bars and re-branded as Urban Cafe & Bar.
Mr Wilson said he and his wife Kerry decided to invest in the area after falling in love with Hervey Bay during a visit to a naturopath.
He still has big plans for The Island, which he hopes will one day become Lifestyle Island, but yesterday confirmed that would be a dream that would be realised a little later than first expected.
“My businesses are still flourishing, when the time is right, I will re-explore the viability of building a resort on The Island.”