Shute Har­bour de­bate deep­ens

Whitsunday Times - - WHITSUNDAY NEWS AND VIEWS -

THE pro­posed Shute Har­bour Ma­rina Project was the sub­ject of dis­cus­sion at last week’s Whit­sun­day Re­gional Coun­cil meet­ing where a mo­tion to make sub­mis­sions to the State Govern­ment was de­feated by four votes to three.

On Fe­bru­ary 3, Deputy Pre­mier Jeff Seeney wrote to Whit­sun­day mayor Jennifer Whit­ney say­ing he was con­sid­er­ing declar­ing the de­vel­op­ment a ‘pre­scribed project’.

Mr Seeney’s let­ter said when a de­vel­op­ment was des­ig­nated as a pre­scribed project, there were pro­vi­sions to en­sure “timely de­ci­sion-mak­ing” oc­curred.

Cr Whit­ney said Coun­cil’s of­fi­cers rec­om­mended mak­ing a sub­mis­sion to the Queens­land Govern­ment, out­lin­ing con­cerns that this had the po­ten­tial to over­stretch Coun­cil re­sources and budget lev­els.

“The in­tent was, by mak­ing a sub­mis­sion out­lin­ing our con­cerns, Whit­sun­day Re­gional Coun­cil would be in­cluded in the de­ci­sion-mak­ing process that the Queens­land Govern­ment is un­der­tak­ing re­gard­ing the Shute Har­bour Ma­rina re­de­vel­op­ment,” she said.

“It is al­ways bet­ter to be in­side the tent and hav­ing in­put than be­ing left out in the cold.”

At last week’s Coun­cil meet­ing, coun­cil­lors Clark, Ra­m­age, Clif­ford and Kevin Collins voted against the rec­om­men­da­tion.

Cr Whit­ney, who voted for it, said she still be­lieved it was im­por­tant to con­vey any con­cerns to the Queens­land Govern­ment.

“So I will per­son­ally con­tact the Deputy Pre­mier to keep the lines of com­mu­ni­ca­tion open about the po­ten­tial pre­scribed project dec­la­ra­tion for the Shute Har­bour Ma­rina re­de­vel­op­ment,” she said.

Coun­cil will con­tinue to work with the Queens­land Govern­ment to get the best out­come for the Whit­sun­day com­mu­nity on this project.”

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