Shute Harbour restoration

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Shute harbour Restoration project
The marine facility at Shute Harbour was damaged extensively during Severe Tropical Cyclone Debbie, with $22 million recently granted through the jointly-funded Commonwealth-State Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA) to restore the facility.  Read more here.

Demolition works will begin from Monday 9 April 2018, weather permitting. The damaged terminal building and jetties will be demolished to allow restoration works to begin later this year.  The demolition works are expected to be completed by mid June 2018.

When the demolition works start there will be less car parking available in the lower car park, however the upper car park will remain open. Changes to parking and traffic movements will be clearly signed.

The demolition of the Shute Harbour Terminal Building and Jetty was recently awarded to Team Engineering Services Pty Ltd for $1,710,500.58 excluding GST. No local contractors tendered for the project but the winning contractors have committed to utilising local sub-contractors as a priority. View the short video below for more details.


At this stage, Council will only be able to restore the damaged terminal buildings, seawall, jetties and pontoons, however there is an opportunity for future-proofing the site. 
 
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.

Council will soon be undertaking a detailed design process for the restoration of the Shute Harbour marine facility. The detailed design will be delivered by external specialist consultants.

A detailed design for Stage 1 (restoration of the facility after cyclone damage) will be released to the public by mid-2018. It is expected the construction works for Stage 1 will begin shortly afterwards, and will be completed by mid-2019.  View the latest project updates below:

April 2018 Project Update [PDF 170KB]

February 2018 Project Update [PDF 1.1MB]
   

HISTORY
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, you see today, 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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