Arrivals & Departures Free flights to Christmas Island for Swell Lodge building volunteers

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Dick Smith has thrown his support behind the new eco-tourism project with an offer to fly volunteers to Christmas Island to help with construction. 

“I have been to many places on this Earth and Christmas Island is one of the most fantastic,” says Dick Smith. And now the prominent entrepreneur is supporting a new tourism project on the island, the eco-friendly Swell Lodge.

Set to open in June, the property will have eight solar-powered luxury chalets set along a 500m stretch of coast. Work on the first chalet is almost finished. 

Swell Lodge is being developed by wildlife photographers Chris and Jess Bray, and the pair are calling for volunteer tradies to come and assist with building work, ideally for a minimum of two weeks.

To show his support, Mr Smith is offering free return flights from anywhere in mainland Australia for three volunteers willing to help out. 

Work will include laying out sites, mixing cement, cladding, rendering and tiling.

“We’re offering free food, accommodation and a rewarding adventure for the right volunteers,” Mr Bray said. 

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