“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 media / 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
Heidi has lived and worked in London and the US for some 18 years. It was during Heidi’s time working in travel and 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, large, private estate a-top of Buderim (expected to be their forever home but 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 Buderim doesn’t need more residential units. They believe that Buderim is in need of a truly world-class luxury tourist resort, capable of bringing affluent tourism to Buderim, which will result in the economic revival and revitalisation of the Buderim Village precinct. They seek to attract to Buderim and the Sunshine Coast region a first-class internationally branded resort operator as a part of the legacy they wish to leave for Buderim. An operator capable of working with the community to protect Buderim’s natural assets, promote local business and showcase Buderim’s natural and cultural heritage to the world. They are firm in the belief that there are no other developable land sites remaining on Buderim, so close to the new Maroochy CBD and Sunshine Coast Beaches (4 mins), that can offer international guests a truly international luxury resort experience. The Badderam site offers seclusion, views, and an ability to immerse oneself in nature and wellness. It is a unique super central hideaway offering a hinterland feel just minutes from the regions best beaches and tourist crowds.
Heidi and Kim are determined to set new benchmarks for eco and community-focused development on their land, to construct a resort around the trees, instead of clearing them. To protect and preserve, enhance and give back to a mother nature and a community. Heidi and Kim have engaged their community in every aspect of the design and application, including their Kabi Kabi Gubi Gubi community, Buderim’s young leaders 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’. Luxury travellers (which Heidi and Kim are) are in search of destination experiences and are seeking to become part of a ‘story’ when they travel. Kim and Heidi plan to continue their work with the Indigenous community to provide activities such as art lessons and to tell Badderam guests Australia’s Indigenous stories. They also plan to provide workshops on bee revitalisation, permaculture and composting, technology and environment and will invite specialists in these fields to enrich the authenticity of these experiences.
Kim and Heidi are committed to the creation of Badderam which they hope will redefine ecotourism to make eco travel significantly more luxurious. They hope Badderam will be recognised as a luxury eco-tourism leader around the world and that guests will be inspired via indulgence and reward (rather than guilt) to tread softly upon the earth. Heidi is the Creative Director and Kim has taken on the role of Investment Director. Kim and Heidi are now seeking a capital investment partner and an international luxury hotel operator to help them with their goal to redefine luxury eco-tourism and the destination resort experience. Heidi and Kim believe the Sunshine Coast could become the ‘Eco-Smart Coast’ of Australia and the world.