Shute Harbour debate deepens
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.”