“We are passionate that Badderam sets a benchmark for technically advanced ecotourism and environmental conservation, whilst inviting people to experience all that the Sunshine Coast and Queensland has to offer.
We love this region, its people and history” – Kim & Heidi
The Sunshine Coast is easy to fall in love with. Kim Carroll knows this because he was born and bred here, and spent his youth climbing the rocks and surfing at Mooloolaba. His wife Heidi Meyer also knows this as she visited the area in her youth and knew, even then, there was something magical about the Sunshine Coast. Little did she know she would one day meet Kim and that they would both settle here and raise their daughter Chalcot.
Kim and Heidi have significant business experience between them having built and sold international businesses. Heidi worked, for many years, in celebrity magazines and later as an interior architect specializing in luxury hotel and spa design. She has always held a healthy interest in conservation and sustainability which came about when she stopped to consider the carbon footprint the ‘jet set’, many her friends and clients, were creating. She knew there had to be a better way.
Kim was involved in his working life in the distribution of electrical and wiring accessories. Kim and his brother ran a successful family business known as Carroll Australasia which he sold to a US conglomerate in 2006.
My favourite quote reveals Kim, is this one: “retirement is an ongoing and relentless exercise in creativity” – Robert Di Nero – from the film The Intern
It was during Heidi’s time working in celebrity magazines that she first became aware of how consumerism and sustainability don’t always go hand in hand. Luxury often means more towel use, more table clothes, more packaging and more waste. Heidi began to ruminate about the powerful idea, and of course the juxtaposition, of ecology and indulgent luxury – meeting in an educative and gentle tourism ‘experience’. Ideas flowed for many years about how she might one day create a tech-driven first, an eco alternative to transform luxury tourism.
Fast forward several years from the day those ideas were formed (ideas shared passionately by Kim), and the opportunity quite literally came knocking.
Just months after settling contracts on a tightly held very large private estate a-top of Buderim (now the proposed Badderam site), a Buderim property developer knocked on their door and delivered the news that he intended to excavate the stunning, age-old forest bordering all of the northern boundary of their property, to build residential units. He offered to enter a business arrangement to also build an additional 150 residential units on their own land. This was an offer they refused.
Kim and Heidi believe that the Sunshine Coast doesn’t need more residential units. They believe the region is in need of a truly world-class luxury tourist resort to support a new international airport being built and that it is important the region attracts an exquisite first-class resort operator to the Sunshine Coast. An operator capable of working with the community to protect our natural assets and showcase our culture to the world. They are firm in the belief that there is no other site so close to the new CBD and Beaches (4 mins) that can offer a luxury international guest seclusion, elevation, dual views and a place to retreat like no other.
Heidi and Kim were determined to set new benchmarks for eco and community-focused development on their land, to design a resort around the trees instead of clearing them, to protect and preserve, enhance and give back to a community. Heidi and Kim have engaged their community in every aspect of the design and application, including their Kabi Kabi Gubi Gubi community and many elderly.
Heidi reminds us of her own favourite quote: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed it is the only thing that ever has.” – Margaret Mead
Once complete, Badderam will be a state of the art luxury eco-resort with zero waste. It is about luxury – ‘responsible luxury’. It will lead the way for true eco-tourism on the Sunshine Coast and will attract visitors from all around the world which will further enrich the region.
An experience in eco-tourism is as much about the earth and where our food comes from, as it is about showcasing our cultural heritage. International guests want to participate in and be shown our ‘culture’. Kim and Heidi plan to do this by working with the indigenous community to provide activities such as art lessons and to tell tourists Australia’s Indigenous stories. They also plan to provide workshops on permaculture and composting, technology and environment and will invite specialists in these fields to host them.
Kim and Heidi are committed to the creation of Badderam which they hope will be recognised as a luxury eco-tourism leader around the world. Heidi is the Creative Director and Kim has taken on the role of Investment Director. Kim and Heidi are now seeking a partner and operator as committed to luxury eco-tourism as they are, a willing leader to help them with their goal to make the Sunshine Coast the ‘Eco-Smart Coast’ of Australia and the world.