GREEN LIGHT FOR MARINA AT SHUTE HARBOUR
AFTER many years and several versions, the Queensland Government has approved the proposal for a marina development at Shute Harbour, subject to environmental conditions.
Proponents of the Shute Harbour Marina Resort welcomed Tuesday’s recommendation by the Queensland Coordinator-General and Deputy Premier Jeff Seeney that the $252 million project should go ahead, as long as conditions were met.
These include conducting a 12-month baseline water quality study prior to construction and agreeing to use dredge material for construction, or disposing of it on land.
Members of the community group Save Our Foreshore, who led a long-running Shute Harbour campaign, have expressed disappointment at this result.
SOF president Suzette Pelt said Mr Seeney had not responded to legislation requiring “proof of need” for such a development.
“Let’s get our existing marinas, shops and restaurants full and profitable before even considering the need to put massive commercial development in Shute. Tourists can go anywhere in the world and see concrete, high-rises and marinas, but there is only one naturally beautiful Shute Harbour,” she said.
Ms Pelt also said Mr Seeney had ignored the genuine concerns of hundreds of local people who made written objections to the development, as well as some 2500 petition signatures collected during the proposal’s most recent revival.
However, project developer Mark Daniels, who heads up the development consortium alongside locals Colin Crossley (Crossley Group) and Mark McLachlan (East Coast Civil), says the marina will deliver “a host of benefits to tourists and the local community through significant investment in local infrastructure and jobs”.
“By developing an interna- tional standard marina precinct that incorporates a range of high quality facilities and community services, Shute Harbour Marina Resort will help attract more visitors and provide a sustained tourism injection to the region,” he said.
Mr Daniels said hundreds of new jobs and training opportunities would be created throughout the construction phase and within the resort’s restaurants, retail outlets and other service facilities.
“We now look forward to meeting the conditions re- quested by the CoordinatorGeneral and progressing the project in 2014,” he said.
For more information visit www.shuteharbourmarina.com.
NEW VISION: An artist's rendering of the proposed Shute Harbour Marina Resort.