Airlie Beach Foreshore Revitalisation

Construction began in September 2018 and will be completed in March 2019, weather permitting. Construction work will take place Monday to Saturday, between 6.30am and 6.30pm.

During the revitalisation works the Airlie Beach markets will be temporarily moved to Council-owned parcels of land along Coconut Grove, across the road from their current location. View the map here.

Key features of the project include:

  • Over 60 extra sealed carparks,
  • 120 market stalls,
  • New 10.5m high playground,
  • Sound stage,
  • New landscaped gardens and turf,
  • New trees, palms and shrubs,
  • 3m wide pedestrian path,
  • New and easy to read way finding signs throughout, and
  • New shaded umbrellas throughout.

Find out the latest regular information in our project updates, below:


Background

In 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 began working on a detailed design soon afterwards.

On 28 March 2018 Council unanimously voted to approve the detailed design for the $6.3 million project.

$4.8 million of this project is proudly funded by the Queensland Government's Building Our Regions program.

Eligible works will be jointly funded by the Commonwealth and State Governments under the Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA).


Construction began in September 2018 and will be completed in March 2019, weather permitting. Construction work will take place Monday to Saturday, between 6.30am and 6.30pm.

During the revitalisation works the Airlie Beach markets will be temporarily moved to Council-owned parcels of land along Coconut Grove, across the road from their current location. View the map here.

Key features of the project include:

  • Over 60 extra sealed carparks,
  • 120 market stalls,
  • New 10.5m high playground,
  • Sound stage,
  • New landscaped gardens and turf,
  • New trees, palms and shrubs,
  • 3m wide pedestrian path,
  • New and easy to read way finding signs throughout, and
  • New shaded umbrellas throughout.

Find out the latest regular information in our project updates, below:


Background

In 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 began working on a detailed design soon afterwards.

On 28 March 2018 Council unanimously voted to approve the detailed design for the $6.3 million project.

$4.8 million of this project is proudly funded by the Queensland Government's Building Our Regions program.

Eligible works will be jointly funded by the Commonwealth and State Governments under the Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA).


  • Council approves foreshore tree plan

    7 days ago

    Media Release 25 October 2018

    Whitsunday Regional Council yesterday approved a tree planting program which will add 143 new trees to the foreshore area and only four mature trees have been earmarked for removal.

    Mayor Andrew Willcox said every effort had been made to only remove the minimal number of trees to maximise spaces in the new carpark area near Whitsunday Sailing Club.

    “Work on the Airlie Beach Foreshore started in September and the contractor accurately marked trees for possible removal after consultation with Council.

    “I have since visited the site and reinforced Councils ...

    Media Release 25 October 2018

    Whitsunday Regional Council yesterday approved a tree planting program which will add 143 new trees to the foreshore area and only four mature trees have been earmarked for removal.

    Mayor Andrew Willcox said every effort had been made to only remove the minimal number of trees to maximise spaces in the new carpark area near Whitsunday Sailing Club.

    “Work on the Airlie Beach Foreshore started in September and the contractor accurately marked trees for possible removal after consultation with Council.

    “I have since visited the site and reinforced Councils firm position of retaining as many existing trees as possible.

    “The proposal originally identified five paper bark trees be removed to complete a 65 sealed car parks area; two paper bark trees be removed to construct footpaths; and four gum trees removed within the sound shell and seating area.

    “Following a review of all mature trees by an arborist and advice from engineers, Council resolved that only three mature trees and one sick tree needed to be removed as a priority,” Mayor Willcox said.

    The tree classed as too sick to save by the arborist will remain until a nesting bird has moved on, which is expected to occur in the next few weeks.

    Council ticked the box for the addition of 143 new trees, approximately two metres in height, in addition to a significant number of shrubs and ground cover plants.


  • Airlie Beach Foreshore construction tender awarded

    3 months ago

    Media release 8 August 2018

    The Airlie Beach Foreshore Revitalisation will begin later this month, with the construction tender awarded to Paynter Dixon Queensland at today’s Whitsunday Regional Council meeting in Cannonvale.

    The $6.3 million upgrade includes a brand new 10.5m tall playground, 65 extra sealed carparks, more seating and shade umbrellas, new sound stage, refurbished amenities block, extra landscaping and a 3m wide beachfront path connecting the foreshore to the Airlie Beach Lagoon.

    Mayor Andrew Willcox said the upgrade would encompass the Foreshore area between the Sailing Club and Fairy Tree Park.

    “This hugely exciting project...

    Media release 8 August 2018

    The Airlie Beach Foreshore Revitalisation will begin later this month, with the construction tender awarded to Paynter Dixon Queensland at today’s Whitsunday Regional Council meeting in Cannonvale.

    The $6.3 million upgrade includes a brand new 10.5m tall playground, 65 extra sealed carparks, more seating and shade umbrellas, new sound stage, refurbished amenities block, extra landscaping and a 3m wide beachfront path connecting the foreshore to the Airlie Beach Lagoon.

    Mayor Andrew Willcox said the upgrade would encompass the Foreshore area between the Sailing Club and Fairy Tree Park.

    “This hugely exciting project will create a high-quality seaside experience for all our domestic and international visitors to Airlie Beach,” he said.

    “The Airlie Beach Foreshore is unique and the revitalisation will further enhance the area for our visitors and be a brand-new space for residents to enjoy.”

    The works are expected to begin from late August and be completed by the end of February 2019, weather permitting.

    Construction work will take place Monday to Saturday, between 6.30am and 6.30pm.

    During the revitalisation works the Airlie Beach markets will be temporarily moved to Council-owned parcels of land along Coconut Grove, across the road from their current location.


  • Airlie Beach Markets - Temporary Relocation

    5 months ago

    During the Foreshore construction, the Airlie Beach markets will be temporarily moved to Council-owned parcels of land along Coconut Grove, across the road from their current location - view here.

    After consultation with the Whitsunday Lions and other key stakeholders impacted by the change, the markets will be held at this site for both the Saturday and Cruise Ship markets until they move back to their permanent home on the Foreshore.

    It is expected the first relocated market day will be Saturday 28 July 2018.

    During the Foreshore construction, the Airlie Beach markets will be temporarily moved to Council-owned parcels of land along Coconut Grove, across the road from their current location - view here.

    After consultation with the Whitsunday Lions and other key stakeholders impacted by the change, the markets will be held at this site for both the Saturday and Cruise Ship markets until they move back to their permanent home on the Foreshore.

    It is expected the first relocated market day will be Saturday 28 July 2018.

  • Airlie Foreshore Project to begin in July 2018

    5 months ago

    Media Release 24 May 2018

    Council will be going out to public tender on 24 May for construction of the $6.3million Airlie Beach Foreshore Revitalisation project.

    The project is expected to begin late July and be completed in February 2019, weather permitting.

    Council received a small number of quotes for the works which came in above budget, and this combined with a last-minute change to the project scope, has led to Council deciding to go out to open tender.

    During the Foreshore construction, the Airlie Beach markets will be temporarily moved to Council-owned parcels...

    Media Release 24 May 2018

    Council will be going out to public tender on 24 May for construction of the $6.3million Airlie Beach Foreshore Revitalisation project.

    The project is expected to begin late July and be completed in February 2019, weather permitting.

    Council received a small number of quotes for the works which came in above budget, and this combined with a last-minute change to the project scope, has led to Council deciding to go out to open tender.

    During the Foreshore construction, the Airlie Beach markets will be temporarily moved to Council-owned parcels of land along Coconut Grove, across the road from their current location.

    After consultation with the Whitsunday Lions and other key stakeholders impacted by the change, the markets will be held at this site for both the Saturday and Cruise Ship markets until they move back to their permanent home on the Foreshore.

    It is expected the first relocated market day will be Saturday 28 July 2018.

    Whitsunday Regional Council Mayor Andrew Willcox said Council was pleased with the solution for the market relocation during the construction period.

    “Over the last few months we have been working closely with the Lions to find the best possible solution for temporarily relocating the markets, so they can continue to operate successfully throughout the works,” he said.

    “After some investigation we have been able to come to a solution which will have minimal impact on the local businesses and public transport networks, while also ensuring our Airlie Beach community continues to enjoy the markets every week.”

    The detailed design for the Airlie Beach Foreshore Revitalisation was approved by Council in March this year, and will create a high-quality seaside environment for residents and visitors.

    The redevelopment includes an improved market stall area with extra lighting, 65 new sealed carparks, a sound stage for events, tourist bus hub, a refurbished amenities block, a massive new shaded playground, and extensive new landscaping and seating throughout the Foreshore area between the Sailing Club and the Lagoon precinct.


  • Road and Parking Upgrades in 2017

    5 months ago

    To further enhance the foreshore revitalisation, proposed road and parking upgrades to the Whitsunday Sailing Club car park took place in September - October 2017.

    The works include 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.

    To further enhance the foreshore revitalisation, proposed road and parking upgrades to the Whitsunday Sailing Club car park took place in September - October 2017.

    The works include 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.

  • Community Consultation – Key outcomes

    5 months ago

    Following an extensive 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...

    Following an extensive 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.


  • Project Background

    5 months ago

    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...

    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.