Airlie Beach Foreshore Revitalisation - Second Round of Consultation

Council was delighted to announce on 6 July 2017 that a $4.8 million Building Our Region funding commitment has been received from the Palaszczuk Government.

The Airlie Beach Foreshore Revitalisation Project was first announced in January 2016, and some initial Options were released to the community for comment in June 2016. The Airlie Beach community were asked to have their say about the proposal for revitalisation of the area, which outlined improvements to infrastructure, multipurpose areas and the beautification of surrounds.

After extensive consultation Option A was chosen as the preferred option, with the markets remaining in their current popular location. Council is now currently preparing for a second round of consultation on the overall Master Plan for the foreshore area, including a preliminary design.

Have Your Say

Community feedback has played an important role in reviewing the Airlie Beach Foreshore Revitalisation proposal and, together, stakeholders have made significant progress.

Please share your views about the consultation process so far by taking the Quick Poll below and provide comment about:

  • The proposed criteria for decision making about the Airlie Beach Foreshore Revitalisation Project
  • The consultation processes so far and what would be useful for future consultation processes

Get in touch with us via phone or email on the details under ‘Who’s Listening’.


BACKGROUND

On 25 May 2016, Council resolved to undertake Community Consultation on a proposal to beautify the park area on the Airlie Beach Foreshore at the junction of Ocean Road and Coconut Grove.

RPS were appointed to prepare some concept plans and gather community feedback on how the park area could be revitalised. Through the evolution of the consultations, and as a result of a number of issues and concerns about the existing facilities, access to parking and the operations of the Whitsunday Lions Markets, the Airlie Beach Foreshore Project Governance Group (PGG) was formed. The PGG comprised of representatives from Council, Whitsunday Sailing Club, Whitsunday Lions and the Whitsunday Chamber of Commerce and together the group has helped guide the discussions about the revitalisation of the Airlie Beach Foreshore. For more information and archived supporting documents, visit the Document Library on the right hand side of this page.


First Round of Consultation – Key outcomes

Following an extensive first round community consultation process during June and July 2016, Council held a workshop in mid- November 2016 to review the findings outlined in the RPS Community Consultation Summary Report. At this workshop, Council established important criteria for future decision making with respect to this project and concluded on a preferred location for the Whitsunday Lions Club Markets.

The preferred location for the markets is in Option A, their original location, with some suggested amendments to the ideas illustrated in the concept plan. The outcomes of this workshop were then presented to the PGG at a meeting on 1 December 2016.

A copy of the RPS Community Consultation Report can be obtained here and in the Document Library.


Decision Making Criteria for the Project

At the November 2016 workshop Council staff and councillors developed a set of criteria (or guiding principles) to help make determinations on the project in the future. They include:

  1. The Airlie Beach Foreshore Revitalisation (ABFR) will aim to meet the needs of the broader community and key users of the precincts;
  2. ABFR supports more efficient operations for all users of the precincts;
  3. ABFR can accommodate the utilities needed to support the intended multiple uses;
  4. ABFR offers aesthetic solutions that align with other recent developments in the town centre and nearby precincts;
  5. ABFR aims to accommodate the demand from future growth and development;
  6. ABFR needs to support improved connectivity from the Port of Airlie to the Esplanade;
  7. ABFR offers multi-purpose activities including events and all weather activities;
  8. ABFR promotes environmental rejuvenation and cost effective maintenance;
  9. ABFR offers value for the investment and contributes to the region’s economic prosperity.

These criteria will be ratified at Council’s January 2017 meeting.


Road and Parking Upgrades in 2017

To further enhance the foreshore revitalization, proposed road and parking upgrades to the Whitsunday Sailing Club car park have been proposed. Funding will support the widening of Coconut Grove and Ocean Road; establishing additional car park spaces; and the establishment of a bus turn-around area at the Sailing Club end.

Design work will commence with construction to follow in 2017.


Next Steps

Now that the Round One consultations have concluded and a preferred location for the Whitsunday Lions Club Markets has been resolved, the focus of the project can return to the wider master planning work for the Airlie Beach foreshore precinct.

The suggested boundaries for the master planning work have been proposed for the public areas from the Port of Airlie to the swimming lagoon.


Council was delighted to announce on 6 July 2017 that a $4.8 million Building Our Region funding commitment has been received from the Palaszczuk Government.

The Airlie Beach Foreshore Revitalisation Project was first announced in January 2016, and some initial Options were released to the community for comment in June 2016. The Airlie Beach community were asked to have their say about the proposal for revitalisation of the area, which outlined improvements to infrastructure, multipurpose areas and the beautification of surrounds.

After extensive consultation Option A was chosen as the preferred option, with the markets remaining in their current popular location. Council is now currently preparing for a second round of consultation on the overall Master Plan for the foreshore area, including a preliminary design.

Have Your Say

Community feedback has played an important role in reviewing the Airlie Beach Foreshore Revitalisation proposal and, together, stakeholders have made significant progress.

Please share your views about the consultation process so far by taking the Quick Poll below and provide comment about:

  • The proposed criteria for decision making about the Airlie Beach Foreshore Revitalisation Project
  • The consultation processes so far and what would be useful for future consultation processes

Get in touch with us via phone or email on the details under ‘Who’s Listening’.


BACKGROUND

On 25 May 2016, Council resolved to undertake Community Consultation on a proposal to beautify the park area on the Airlie Beach Foreshore at the junction of Ocean Road and Coconut Grove.

RPS were appointed to prepare some concept plans and gather community feedback on how the park area could be revitalised. Through the evolution of the consultations, and as a result of a number of issues and concerns about the existing facilities, access to parking and the operations of the Whitsunday Lions Markets, the Airlie Beach Foreshore Project Governance Group (PGG) was formed. The PGG comprised of representatives from Council, Whitsunday Sailing Club, Whitsunday Lions and the Whitsunday Chamber of Commerce and together the group has helped guide the discussions about the revitalisation of the Airlie Beach Foreshore. For more information and archived supporting documents, visit the Document Library on the right hand side of this page.


First Round of Consultation – Key outcomes

Following an extensive first round community consultation process during June and July 2016, Council held a workshop in mid- November 2016 to review the findings outlined in the RPS Community Consultation Summary Report. At this workshop, Council established important criteria for future decision making with respect to this project and concluded on a preferred location for the Whitsunday Lions Club Markets.

The preferred location for the markets is in Option A, their original location, with some suggested amendments to the ideas illustrated in the concept plan. The outcomes of this workshop were then presented to the PGG at a meeting on 1 December 2016.

A copy of the RPS Community Consultation Report can be obtained here and in the Document Library.


Decision Making Criteria for the Project

At the November 2016 workshop Council staff and councillors developed a set of criteria (or guiding principles) to help make determinations on the project in the future. They include:

  1. The Airlie Beach Foreshore Revitalisation (ABFR) will aim to meet the needs of the broader community and key users of the precincts;
  2. ABFR supports more efficient operations for all users of the precincts;
  3. ABFR can accommodate the utilities needed to support the intended multiple uses;
  4. ABFR offers aesthetic solutions that align with other recent developments in the town centre and nearby precincts;
  5. ABFR aims to accommodate the demand from future growth and development;
  6. ABFR needs to support improved connectivity from the Port of Airlie to the Esplanade;
  7. ABFR offers multi-purpose activities including events and all weather activities;
  8. ABFR promotes environmental rejuvenation and cost effective maintenance;
  9. ABFR offers value for the investment and contributes to the region’s economic prosperity.

These criteria will be ratified at Council’s January 2017 meeting.


Road and Parking Upgrades in 2017

To further enhance the foreshore revitalization, proposed road and parking upgrades to the Whitsunday Sailing Club car park have been proposed. Funding will support the widening of Coconut Grove and Ocean Road; establishing additional car park spaces; and the establishment of a bus turn-around area at the Sailing Club end.

Design work will commence with construction to follow in 2017.


Next Steps

Now that the Round One consultations have concluded and a preferred location for the Whitsunday Lions Club Markets has been resolved, the focus of the project can return to the wider master planning work for the Airlie Beach foreshore precinct.

The suggested boundaries for the master planning work have been proposed for the public areas from the Port of Airlie to the swimming lagoon.