Shute Harbour Restoration Project

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Aerial of construction - October 2021

The Shute Harbour Marine Terminal is expected to reopen by the end of 2021, weather permitting.

The new seawall has been constructed, with the level of the entire facility and carpark raised by an extra metre for greater resilience to storm surge in the future.

We are in the final stages of the new terminal building at Shute Harbour, with interior works underway, including painting and installing services.

The final Finger 2 pontoon has arrived on site and been floated into place.

The carpark is expected to be completed in the next month, with landscaping underway soon.



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.

The fishing pontoon will be not be accessible to the community until the project is completed later this year, for the safety of everyone.

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:

October 2021

July 2021

April 2021

February 2021

You can view and download the Overview document 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.

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.




The Shute Harbour Marine Terminal is expected to reopen by the end of 2021, weather permitting.

The new seawall has been constructed, with the level of the entire facility and carpark raised by an extra metre for greater resilience to storm surge in the future.

We are in the final stages of the new terminal building at Shute Harbour, with interior works underway, including painting and installing services.

The final Finger 2 pontoon has arrived on site and been floated into place.

The carpark is expected to be completed in the next month, with landscaping underway soon.



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.

The fishing pontoon will be not be accessible to the community until the project is completed later this year, for the safety of everyone.

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:

October 2021

July 2021

April 2021

February 2021

You can view and download the Overview document 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.

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.




Q&A

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    Hi would you know what date the shute harbour boat ramp opens to the public

    Micheal asked about 2 months ago

    Hi Micheal,

    The public boat ramp at Shute Harbour is currently closed to the public and will reopen once construction of the new marine terminal is completed later this year. We can't confirm a date at this stage. 

    The public boat ramps at the Port of Airlie, Coral Sea Marina and Whisper Bay in Cannonvale remain open. A temporary access ramp is available at Muddy Bay, Shute Harbour, for those who need to access their moorings throughout the duration of the project. 

    Thanks, WRC Team

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    Is this project still finishing in mid September, when will we be able to use the fishing jetty, will the carparking be available near the fishing jetty as my son is disabled and he cannot walk far to go fishing. will the carparking be free or will the council charge like at the foreshore

    Adele asked 3 months ago

    Hi Adele,

    Thank you for your query. The Shute Harbour Marine Terminal is expected to reopen to the public by the end of 2021, weather permitting. Once the site is reopened the fishing jetty will also reopen to the public. 

    Part of the upgrade includes a carpark along the lower level near the terminal building and fishing jetty. Council has not made a decision yet about the parking however it is expected that any fees and charges for the new carpark will be in line with other council carparks.

    Thanks, WRC Team 

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    Hi where planning a trip up north and hoping that ramp is finished or part use is available. I'll be there 20 August to 27th August. Thank you for your reply.

    Adrian asked 3 months ago

    Hi Adrian,

    The public boat ramp at Shute Harbour is currently closed to the public and will reopen once construction of the new marine terminal is completed later this year. The Department of Transport and Main Roads recently completed an upgrade to this ramp to improve the recreational boat launching facilities in the Whitsundays. Find out more on the Maritime Safety website

    The public boat ramps at the Port of Airlie, Coral Sea Marina and Whisper Bay in Cannonvale remain open. A temporary access ramp is available at Muddy Bay, Shute Harbour, for those who need to access their moorings throughout the duration of the project. 

    Thanks, WRC Team

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    I can't find a map that shows where the temporary boat ramp is to launch a boat at Shute harbour. Shute Harbour is the closest & safest ramp with access to the islands for smaller boats in windy weather. It is a long way to tow a boat for a holiday only to find you can't launch from a sheltered harbour with a short hop from island to island.

    Dennis asked 6 months ago

    Hi Dennis,

    Thanks for your enquiry. The Muddy Bay temporary boat ramp is located near the Hamilton Island logistics terminal, and has been established for access to yachts moored in the bay at Shute Harbour. It is only accessible via 4WD and at the higher end of the tide. The public boat ramp will reopen once the State Government upgrade of the ramp has been completed. 

    Thanks, WRC Team

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    Just planning a holiday to Airlie Beach, I frequently fished the pontoon at Shute prior to Debbie and once afterwards. Is there an expected date for the pontoon to be open to fishing again? Will this be the only land based fishing opportunity in the area? As a land based fisher, it’s disappointing to go from travelling multiple times a year to the area to fish, to now have no where/very limited areas to fish in the Whitsundays areas. Shute was one of the only productive areas and I’d love to be able to come back up a few times a year to wet a line.

    Tim asked 6 months ago

    Hi Tim,

    Thanks for your enquiry. The fishing pontoon will reopen later in the year once the Restoration works are completed at the Shute Harbour marine terminal. 

    Thanks, WRC Team

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    Is this project to be finished in 16 weeks ie June if not why state in your media release that it will be finished mid year, Is this project fully funded by state funding, is there any cost overruns, due to the rock wall slipping and pulling the piles over

    Peter Cannonvale asked 8 months ago

    Hi Peter,

    The construction program is on track for works to be completed by mid-September, weather permitting. 

    $54.5 million in eligible joint funding was budgeted from the Commonwealth and State Governments under the Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA), including a WRC contribution of $2.8 million funded from an insurance payout from Severe Tropical Cyclone Debbie.

    Thanks,

    WRC Team

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    What about the upgrade for the public boat ramp and is there any information on this.

    Craig asked 8 months ago

    Hi Craig,

    The latest information published by Maritime Safety Queensland is that the contractor will begin establishing a work site in mid-February 2021. Find out more here on their website - https://www.msq.qld.gov.au/Boating-facilities/Current-and-announced-projects

    Thanks,

    WRC Team

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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 over 1 year 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 over 1 year 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 over 1 year 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.