BENEFITS TO THE COMMUNITY
Shute Harbour Marina will deliver a host of benefits to tourists and the local community through significant investment in local infrastructure, as well as through the construction of modern new facilities that will serve visitors to the precinct for generations to come.
In addition to resort accommodation, restaurants and retail outlets, the project will see new public boardwalks, look-outs and seating created throughout the precinct, while public parks and playgrounds will also be established. Roads surrounding the development will be upgraded too.
Tourism is the lifeblood of the Whitsunday Coast. By developing a world-class marina precinct that incorporates a range of high quality facilities and community services, Shute Harbour Marina will help attract more local, interstate and international visitors and provide a sustained tourism injection to the region.
Shute Harbour Marina represents an employment bonanza for the local community Hundreds of new jobs and training opportunities will be created initially during the construction phase of the development and then ongoing once the project is completed throughout the resort restaurants retail outlets and other service facilities.
Shute Harbour Marina will be constructed to international standards to deliver a safe and secure harbour environment for the enjoyment of the local boating community, tourists and general public. A dedicated emergency services and sea rescue centre will also be established within the marina.
Community cyclone shelter
A multi-purpose cyclone shelter will be built within the marina precinct to provide critical emergency shelter to visitors and local residents.
- A fair proportion of the foreshore area of the development site is untidy with poor and dangerous pedestrian access. The development will provide safe boardwalk access to the new marina foreshore.
- In addition the proponent will unconditionally surrender back to public ownership the land north of Proserpine-Shute Harbour Road comprising approximately four hectares on which the proponent will facilitate development of a network of pedestrian pathways, interpretative trails and lookouts connecting Shute Harbour the proposed development and the Mount Rooper walking trails. This land can be integrated into the Conway National Park.
- The development of the Shute Harbour Marina Resort project will provide the opportunity for the Whitsunday Regional Council to facilitate the delivery of a new boat ramp and boat trailer park at Shute Harbour with the proponent offering to undertake $2.5 million in works as part of the construction of the marina basin.
Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Centre
A stand alone Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Centre will provide an iconic tourism facility showcasing Aboriginal culture of the Gia and Ngaro people. The centre will provide a multi-functional facility including uses such as sale of Aboriginal art and crafts cultural displays indoor and outdoor performance areas meeting places tourism interpretative centre administration a keeping place for significant cultural items and artefacts as well as a yarning circle.
Reef Conservation Fund
Shute Harbour Marina has committed to establish a Reef Conservation Fund to support management strategies for the protection and conservation of the region, specifically the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.