News Flash module icon

News

Keep up to date with the latest news and announcements relating to Council’s projects and services. Please contact Council if the information you require is not displayed.

Media releases

Posted on: 5 August, 2014

Building a Better Whitsunday - Developing Waterson Way

Whitsunday Regional Council is today launching one of the most extensive marketing campaigns ever undertaken within the Whitsunday region, which will couple property sales with regional economic development.

Mayor Jenny Whitney said the “Building a Better Whitsunday” campaign marks the beginning of
Council placing high calibre commercial land assets for tender with the focus on economicdevelopment outcomes while at the same time utilising the funds derived from the sales to reduce Council’s debt.

“Whitsunday Regional Council is beginning the campaign by calling for tenders on a 2.1 hectare
prime parcel of land located on Waterson Way right in the heart of Airlie Beach,” she said.

“It is rare for such a large parcel of land to be offered for sale, right in the centre of town.

“The site is adjacent to the new Woolworths supermarket and also links with the newly revitalised Airlie Beach Main Street.

“A development lease is being offered for the property, meaning the successful tenderer will begin construction immediately.

“This also means the Whitsunday community will benefit from the jobs and economic growthassociated with this development straight away,” she said.

Mayor Whitney said last week Council delivered the budget for the 2014-15 financial year which
focused on paying down debt and restoring responsible financial management.

“The launch of the Building a Better Whitsunday campaign delivers on these commitments, whilealso stimulate economic development in the region,” she said.

“Council is motivated to build a better Whitsunday through the development of Council owned
parcels of land that provide specific economic development outcomes for the community.

“The continued revitalisation of the Airlie Beach Town Centre allows greater employment diversity and economic prosperity for the entire region.

“The money raised from the sale of this land parcel will go a long way towards helping to pay down Council’s $73 million debt to $67 million by the end of 2014-15.”

Council’s Chief Executive Officer Scott Waters said this strategic parcel has had the attention ofour Councillors and our executive team, for quite some time.

“We are very focused toward working with a successful tenderer to have this site transformed in a way that benefits our community as soon as possible,” he said.

“Council Officers have worked extensively over the past 6 months in preparing the site for sale and I seek to give all tenderers confidence that this Council will continue to act constructively toward achieving a great development outcome for the site.

“The release of the Waterson Way parcel for tender builds on the region’s economic confidence
with developments such as the Cove at the Port of Airlie, Regatta Waters and Whitsunday Acresdemonstrating the high quality of the sites currently available in the region,” he said.

Council has partnered with international commercial property marketers Knight Frank and law firm McCullough Robertson to provide the highest level of marketing and probity guarantee through the tender process.

Managing Director of Knight Frank in North Queensland Craig Stack said the Whitsunday Regional

Council is taking the lead in engaging with the private sector to create beneficial outcomes for the wider Whitsunday region.

“Other councils have offered development incentives if a development is completed within a
specific time frame and a commitment to fast track the approvals process so that this timeframecan be met,” Mr Stack said.

“When a council offers this on its own land though, you recognise how serious they are to
achieving good development.

“The weighting in the Tender Evaluation Process is favoured to award the completion of adevelopment that can show it increases employment, enhances economic adversity in the Town
Centre and takes into account connections with adjoining sites,” he said.

Tenderers can lodge submissions by early October 2014.

The same marketing, probity and ultimately tender model will be utilised for large commercialproperties that Council owns across the entire Local Government area.

Council has worked closely with Knight Frank and Whitsunday Marketing and Development Limited in launching the Building a Better Whitsunday website:

http://buildingabetterwhitsunday.com.au/

The Waterson Way tender will be marketed both nationally and internationally, coordinated by
Knight Frank and managed by McCulloch Robertson Lawyers.

So far Council has identified 19 other parcels of land including residential, commercial,industrial and multi-unit zoned lots throughout the Whitsunday local government area will also
be put up for sale.

Ends

For media enquiries, contact:Kate Lennox, Communications Manager
Phone: 07 4945 0614, 0427 458 369 or Email: kate.lennox@whitsundayrc.qld.gov.au

Facebook Twitter Google Plus Email

Other News in Media releases

Outreach teams still active

Posted on: 4 May, 2017

Domestic bulky goods only collection

Posted on: 4 April, 2017

Asbestos advice for damaged homes

Posted on: 3 April, 2017

Cowboys visit Whitsunday region

Posted on: 3 April, 2017

Council waives car parking fees

Posted on: 3 April, 2017

Happy days ahead for the Whitsunday Region

Posted on: 28 February, 2017

Council adopts Waste Management Strategy

Posted on: 9 February, 2017

Rates to hit letterboxes this week

Posted on: 30 January, 2017

Pest Fish Found in Mullers Lagoon, Bowen

Posted on: 30 January, 2017

Council hosts Hillside Haven working bee

Posted on: 8 December, 2016

19 new suburbs proposed for Bowen

Posted on: 14 November, 2016

Unlawful camping battle in courts

Posted on: 11 November, 2016

Key to the City presented to Paralympian

Posted on: 11 October, 2016

2017 Australia Day Award Nominations

Posted on: 6 October, 2016

Gregory River Bridge project underway

Posted on: 11 October, 2016

North Head Lighthouse restoration on track

Posted on: 27 September, 2016

Whitsundays to host Community Cabinet

Posted on: 15 September, 2016

Council backs Master Plan for Proserpine

Posted on: 15 September, 2016

Bowen man named Qld Father of the Year

Posted on: 7 September, 2016

Council employee wins top award

Posted on: 31 August, 2016

Mayor hosts Water Billing Roadshows

Posted on: 31 August, 2016

Council explores weed spraying options

Posted on: 24 August, 2016

Willcox leads council of action

Posted on: 16 August, 2016

Rates to be issued this week

Posted on: 1 August, 2016

2016/2017 Budget Roadshow

Posted on: 27 July, 2016

New entry statement for Airlie Beach

Posted on: 21 July, 2016

Council supports Seniors Week 2016

Posted on: 13 July, 2016

RADF funding round now open

Posted on: 4 May, 2016

Council welcomes new trainees

Posted on: 15 March, 2016

Mimosa Pigra survey success

Posted on: 1 March, 2016

Reduce mosquitos breeding around your home

Posted on: 29 February, 2016

Council waives fees for community events

Posted on: 26 February, 2016

Bowen Water Park closed for cleaning

Posted on: 18 February, 2016

Collinsville declared RV Friendly Town

Posted on: 19 January, 2016

COUNCIL WELCOMES ABBOT POINT APPROVAL

Posted on: 23 December, 2015

RESIDENTS URGED TO VIEW STORM TIDE MAPS

Posted on: 22 December, 2015

Council spreads Christmas cheer

Posted on: 8 December, 2015

Cyclone Shelter Information Video

Posted on: 1 December, 2015

Draft Planning Scheme not set in stone

Posted on: 10 November, 2015

Argyle Park Road upgrade on target

Posted on: 28 October, 2015

Council continues to lend a helping hand

Posted on: 28 October, 2015

So you want to be a Councillor?

Posted on: 21 October, 2015

Emergency Action Guide Available Free

Posted on: 15 October, 2015

Australia Day Nominations

Posted on: 15 October, 2015

Get Ready Week 12 to 18 October 2015

Posted on: 12 October, 2015

Council awards $12,633 in RADF Grants

Posted on: 23 September, 2015

Rates issued across the Whitsundays

Posted on: 4 August, 2015

Information about wild dogs

Posted on: 16 July, 2015

Proserpine Answered the Call

Posted on: 6 July, 2015

Airlie Aqua Park – The Beacons

Posted on: 26 June, 2015

Dog and cat registrations due 1 July

Posted on: 23 June, 2015

July Council Meeting date moved

Posted on: 28 May, 2015

Airport lighting upgrade complete

Posted on: 23 April, 2015

Council meeting date moved

Posted on: 13 April, 2015

Next Council meeting in Cannonvale

Posted on: 30 March, 2015

Council apprenticeships open

Posted on: 17 March, 2015

Efficient repairs to airport saving money

Posted on: 23 February, 2015

Business as usual in Whitsunday region

Posted on: 20 February, 2015

Argyle Park Road project update

Posted on: 12 February, 2015

Council donation for Obstacles Gone Mad!

Posted on: 11 February, 2015

Bowen library Saturday grand opening

Posted on: 2 February, 2015

Whitsunday Australia Day Awards

Posted on: 27 January, 2015

ChemClear heading to Whitsunday region

Posted on: 22 January, 2015

Council launches official LinkedIn page

Posted on: 22 January, 2015

Defend yourself against dengue

Posted on: 20 January, 2015

Council’s State election wish list

Posted on: 20 January, 2015

Grants available for local artists

Posted on: 15 January, 2015

Cannonvale library January book sale

Posted on: 6 January, 2015

2014 Year in Review

Posted on: 15 December, 2014

Council adopts a new Hardship Policy

Posted on: 10 December, 2014

Rates advice in Collinsville

Posted on: 8 December, 2014

Council Mo Bros raise more than $1,000

Posted on: 2 December, 2014

Local art exhibition

Posted on: 2 December, 2014

Council approves extended library hours

Posted on: 26 November, 2014

Council recruitment goes completely online

Posted on: 20 November, 2014

2015 Council Meeting schedule

Posted on: 12 November, 2014

Council calling on local tradespeople

Posted on: 7 November, 2014

Whitsunday Coast Airport taking off

Posted on: 20 October, 2014

Grants available for local artists

Posted on: 10 October, 2014

Port of Airlie parking fees

Posted on: 8 October, 2014

$100,000 Bowen aerodrome upgrade complete

Posted on: 23 September, 2014

Aerial shooting of feral pigs to begin

Posted on: 15 September, 2014

Improved TLPI accepted by Council

Posted on: 10 September, 2014

Water meter tampering to be stamped out

Posted on: 10 September, 2014

$20,000 in funding to fight Prickly Acacia

Posted on: 10 September, 2014

Council donates $1,700 for school awards

Posted on: 10 September, 2014

Updated concealed water leak policy

Posted on: 1 September, 2014

Two locals to swim the English Channel

Posted on: 25 August, 2014

Journey to recognition visits Bowen

Posted on: 20 August, 2014

Graffiti management funding received

Posted on: 14 August, 2014

Community Road Safety Grants

Posted on: 14 August, 2014

Don River sand extraction approved

Posted on: 12 August, 2014

Rate notices issued

Posted on: 12 August, 2014

Fancy a career in local government

Posted on: 7 August, 2014

Fancy a career in local government

Posted on: 7 August, 2014

Celebrate Seniors Week

Posted on: 7 August, 2014

Stand up and be counted!

Posted on: 31 July, 2014

HMAS Tarakan takes its final voyage

Posted on: 21 July, 2014

Whitsunday Snapshot Exhibition

Posted on: 10 July, 2014

Fireworks and dogs a bad combination

Posted on: 17 June, 2014

Mid-year Beach Library book sale

Posted on: 13 June, 2014

2014-15 Budget fast approaching

Posted on: 30 May, 2014

Whitsunday region Perfectly Placed

Posted on: 29 May, 2014

Apply now for arts grants

Posted on: 15 May, 2014

Mayor thanks Whitsunday volunteers

Posted on: 12 May, 2014

Free mulch day – 3rd May

Posted on: 23 April, 2014

Mayors talk up Whitsunday message

Posted on: 20 March, 2014

Council Youth Picture Competition

Posted on: 3 March, 2014

A vision for Proserpine Main Street

Posted on: 20 February, 2014

Council’s positive financial future

Posted on: 14 February, 2014

Council Meeting moved to Collinsville

Posted on: 5 February, 2014

Know your storm surge zone

Posted on: 3 February, 2014

Storm surge still a threat

Posted on: 31 January, 2014

Stay away from foreshore areas

Posted on: 31 January, 2014

Get your sandbags now

Posted on: 29 January, 2014

Rates to be issued this week

Posted on: 28 January, 2014

Whitsunday Australia Day Awards

Posted on: 27 January, 2014

2014 Australia Day Celebrations

Posted on: 21 January, 2014

Understanding your water usage

Posted on: 20 January, 2014

Tip it, store it or throw it away

Posted on: 20 January, 2014

Lost something at the Airport?

Posted on: 20 January, 2014
  1. P  07 4945 0200
    Email  info@whitsundayrc.qld.gov.au

    CUSTOMER SERVICE CENTRES
    67 Herbert Street, Bowen
    Cnr. Stanley and Conway Streets, Collinsville
    83-85 Main Street, Proserpine
  1. LINKS

    My Dashboard   |   Privacy   |   Disclaimer   |   Accessibility   |   Site Map


    Powered by CivicPlus from ICON Software
  1. FOLLOW US
    Facebookin

    © Copyright Whitsunday Council 2014