Shute Harbour restoration

Shute harbour Restoration project

Shute Harbour Restoration Begins January 2020 – Carpark and Boat Ramp Closure

Whitsunday Regional Council are excited to announce that construction works for the Shute Harbour Restoration Project will be commencing in January 2020.

The lower carpark will be partially closed from Monday 6 January 2020 with a full closure of the lower carpark and boat ramp from Monday 20 January 2020.

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

View the latest project updates below:

December 2019

Construction tender awarded to restore Shute Harbour
The $35 million construction tender for the rebuild of the Shute Harbour terminal and seawall was awarded to Vassallo Constructions Pty Ltd at Council’s Ordinary Meeting on 27 November 2019, with works expected to begin from early January 2020.

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).

Whitsunday Regional Council adopted a detailed design in December 2018, as shown in the image above.

Demolition works began in April 2018 and were completed in early July 2018, to remove the damaged terminal building and jetties before the restoration works begin.  Extensive geotechnical investigations have been completed at the site, which have helped inform the detailed design for the new seawall. 
In 2017, Council undertook community consultation to find out what the community feels is important for the future of Shute Harbour. Find out more about the consultation process here.
Shute Harbour opened in 1961. Shute Harbour was devoted exclusively to tourism after sugar was transferred to bulk handling facilities at Mackay. The Lloyd Roberts Jetty was constructed during 1961 and completed in December 1961. An A-frame building was opened on the landward side of the jetty for tourist and visitor bookings.  

Since the establishment of Shute Harbour in the 1960's the tourism traffic through the facility to the Whitsunday Islands flourished.  The Shute Harbour facilities have undergone several changes to the building and facilities with  major changes occurring in the early 1970's (car parking and South Molle Jetty), in the middle of the eighties (additional Terminal facility Lloyd Roberts) and early 1990/2000's (SHIFT demolition and reconstruction of terminal facility at Lloyd Roberts Jetty and the addition of the floating pontoons). The floating pontoons in place until Cyclone Debbie in March 2017, were added to both concrete jetties between 1999 and 2000.

The ferry traffic to the island was operated by various contractors over the years more recently the operators were Fantasea and Cruise Whitsunday. In September 2014, Cruise Whitsunday vacated the terminal facility and moved almost all ferry traffic to the new terminal at Port of Airlie. 

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