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Airlie Beach Foreshore Revitalisation

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.

On 6 July 2017 a $4.8 million Building Our Region funding commitment was announced by the Queensland Government. Council began working on a detailed design for the foreshore area.

On 28 March 2018 Council unanimously voted to approve the detailed design for the $6.3 million project. Construction is expected to start in May 2018, for completion by December. Features of the project include:

  • 65 extra sealed carparks,
  • 120 market stalls,
  • New playground,
  • Sound stage,
  • Festoon lighting,
  • New landscaped gardens and turf,
  • 180+ New trees and palms, 3000 new shrubs,
  • 3m wide pedestrian path,
  • New and easy to read way finding throughout,
  • New furniture including picnic tables, bike racks, drinking fountains, mobile phone charging stations,
  • New basketball half court,
  • New shaded umbrellas throughout, and
  • Another shade structure with BBQs.



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 revitalisation, proposed road and parking upgrades to the Whitsunday Sailing Club car park have taken place. 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.


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.

On 6 July 2017 a $4.8 million Building Our Region funding commitment was announced by the Queensland Government. Council began working on a detailed design for the foreshore area.

On 28 March 2018 Council unanimously voted to approve the detailed design for the $6.3 million project. Construction is expected to start in May 2018, for completion by December. Features of the project include:

  • 65 extra sealed carparks,
  • 120 market stalls,
  • New playground,
  • Sound stage,
  • Festoon lighting,
  • New landscaped gardens and turf,
  • 180+ New trees and palms, 3000 new shrubs,
  • 3m wide pedestrian path,
  • New and easy to read way finding throughout,
  • New furniture including picnic tables, bike racks, drinking fountains, mobile phone charging stations,
  • New basketball half court,
  • New shaded umbrellas throughout, and
  • Another shade structure with BBQs.



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 revitalisation, proposed road and parking upgrades to the Whitsunday Sailing Club car park have taken place. 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.