‘hustle and bustle’
growth in the area.
“There are still plenty of boat ramps people can use and someone has already hit a wreckage so I don’t want to see anyone else doing anything like that,” he said.
“My only hope after that’s all finished and they start rebuilding it is that they get something bigger and better, because the fishing pontoon which was there was tiny,” he added.
“It would be a smart move to build something a bit bigger for tourists.”
Reflecting on happier days when ferries and a variety of shops operated from the facility, there is a consensus among many in the community that development is needed to bring the harbour back to glory.
Grant Spees said it was sad to see the “hustle and bustle” lost from when he first moved to the Whitsundays 13 years ago.
“The problem is it’s the end of the world here, there is no cafe, no service station, there is nothing left,” Grant said.
“You need to bring people back to Shute Harbour, otherwise it’s just going to be a ghost land.
“There is no reason to come out here any more other than to launch a boat or go fishing.”
Shute Harbour resident Marlene Hicks said it was crucial for some form of investment and development in Shute Harbour to proceed.
“I’m hoping the Chinese companies with Daydream and South Molle (CCIG) might eventually buy the harbour and revamp it back to where it was 15 to 20 years ago when there were restaurants and cafes,” Ms Hicks said.
However, Mr Harvey thinks there should be more of an effort to keep the Shute Harbour facility in Australian hands.
“I’m not a person that believes in overseas investors myself, while we can (invest) in another country we would have to go into a partnership with whoever is in that country,” he said.
“There should be less focus on the Chinese market, but more investment from us, we should be working together on these facilities.”
More information is expected to be available by the end of next week regarding time-frames of what will be open at Shute Harbour, according to a Whitsunday Regional Council spokesperson.
SAFETY: Whitsunday Fishing World manager Grant Spees called for patience on the Shute Harbour boat ramp.