Shute Harbour Restoration Project

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Shute Harbour Restoration underway

Works are well underway to rebuild the Shute Harbour Marine Terminal, with construction of the new seawall almost finished. Construction on the new wharf and terminal building is in progress, with concrete pours occurring until the end of the year.

The restoration project is expected to be completed by mid-2021, weather permitting.


Carpark and Boat Ramp Closure

There is a full closure of the lower carpark and public boat ramp in effect to ensure public safety during the construction project.

Please note that the Bus Stop has been relocated to the upper car park during the construction. Signage will be in place to advise motorists and users of the boat ramp.

A temporary boat ramp is located in Muddy Bay for those boat owners who need to access their moorings in Shute Harbour.

PLEASE NOTE: During the restoration project it is business as usual for tourist operators at Shute Harbour with amazing experiences departing daily. Find out more here!

View the latest project updates below:

November 2020

September 2020

July 2020

April 2020

February 2020

December 2019


You can view and download the Overview document here>>


Expressions of Interest recently closed

Nestled between the rainforest and the sea, close to the tourism and sailing mecca of Airlie Beach and the internationally acclaimed Whitsunday Islands, the deep natural inlet of Shute Harbour has been a thriving port since the early 1960’s. With completely restored modern marine facilities, an established tourism industry and pristine natural environment, the new Shute Harbour Marine Terminal is a unique opportunity to discover the wonders of the Whitsundays.

View the Investment Brochure here!


Background

The overall $54.5 million restoration project will see a complete rebuild of the seawall, terminal, pontoons and carpark at the Shute Harbour marine facility. Construction began on the new seawall in January 2020.

Eligible works received joint funding from the Commonwealth and State Governments under the Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA).


Community Consultation 2017

In 2017, Council asked what the community feels is important for the future of Shute Harbour. View the Consultation Summary here.

By getting input from the community, Council could future-proof the area and budget appropriately for any upcoming developments at Shute Harbour.





Shute Harbour Restoration underway

Works are well underway to rebuild the Shute Harbour Marine Terminal, with construction of the new seawall almost finished. Construction on the new wharf and terminal building is in progress, with concrete pours occurring until the end of the year.

The restoration project is expected to be completed by mid-2021, weather permitting.


Carpark and Boat Ramp Closure

There is a full closure of the lower carpark and public boat ramp in effect to ensure public safety during the construction project.

Please note that the Bus Stop has been relocated to the upper car park during the construction. Signage will be in place to advise motorists and users of the boat ramp.

A temporary boat ramp is located in Muddy Bay for those boat owners who need to access their moorings in Shute Harbour.

PLEASE NOTE: During the restoration project it is business as usual for tourist operators at Shute Harbour with amazing experiences departing daily. Find out more here!

View the latest project updates below:

November 2020

September 2020

July 2020

April 2020

February 2020

December 2019


You can view and download the Overview document here>>


Expressions of Interest recently closed

Nestled between the rainforest and the sea, close to the tourism and sailing mecca of Airlie Beach and the internationally acclaimed Whitsunday Islands, the deep natural inlet of Shute Harbour has been a thriving port since the early 1960’s. With completely restored modern marine facilities, an established tourism industry and pristine natural environment, the new Shute Harbour Marine Terminal is a unique opportunity to discover the wonders of the Whitsundays.

View the Investment Brochure here!


Background

The overall $54.5 million restoration project will see a complete rebuild of the seawall, terminal, pontoons and carpark at the Shute Harbour marine facility. Construction began on the new seawall in January 2020.

Eligible works received joint funding from the Commonwealth and State Governments under the Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA).


Community Consultation 2017

In 2017, Council asked what the community feels is important for the future of Shute Harbour. View the Consultation Summary here.

By getting input from the community, Council could future-proof the area and budget appropriately for any upcoming developments at Shute Harbour.




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    Could you please explain what was determined from the community consultation and is there a public record of how many submissions were recieved and what weight was given to these submissions in determining outcomes. Could you also please explain how calling for expressions of interest for commercial leases is possible if council has not provided a future vision for Shute Harbour based on community consultation. Allowing expressions of interest in commercial leases without any guiding principles is simply handing control of future use of the Shute Harbour precinct over to the highest bidder. Could you please explain how this addresses public benefit or public utility for one of our most important public foreshore spaces.

    Eric Oliver asked 6 months ago

    Hi Eric, 

    Thanks for your query. Community Consultation occurred in late 2017 after the marine facility was damaged during Cyclone Debbie. The consultation process sought feedback on the design for the new facility and captured the community’s vision for the future of the site. During the consultation process a range of different ideas were presented and recorded in a report to Council. A Summary is available on this webpage under Project Updates. This report was considered during the development of the Detailed Design and during any discussions regarding the long-term future of Shute Harbour. It was recommended the designers future-proof the design to ensure there are options for future development. Council have always stated that any future development of the site beyond the restoration of the marine facility, would be subject to the development of a business case and government funding support. 

    Council’s vision for the new Marine Terminal is expressed in our Investment Brochure which can be viewed on this page. Our guiding principles are clearly identified in our Vision statement on the front page which reads: Council’s Vision - To create a region that is strong, resilient, sustainable and universally recognised as the region where people want to live, work, learn and invest. We invite you to be part of it! 

    Thanks, WRC Team

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    Can you fish from the fishing jetty at the moment

    G Taylor asked 8 months ago

    Hi G Taylor, thanks for your query. Unfortunately, no, you cannot fish from the jetty as it is within the construction site and public access is restricted. The fishing jetty will reopen to the public once the project is completed in mid-2021. We appreciate the community's understanding and patience during this time. Thanks, WRC Team

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    What's happening regards to a new boat ramp?

    Gavin dunk asked 9 months ago

    Hi Gavin, 

    The existing public boat ramp at Shute Harbour is currently closed to the public however it will reopen once the construction is completed. The Department of Transport and Main Roads are planning a minor upgrade to this ramp to improve the recreational boat launching facilities in the Whitsundays. A temporary access ramp is available near Muddy Bay for those who need to access their moorings throughout the duration of the project. 

    Thanks, WRC Team.