‘hus­tle and bus­tle’

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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.

PHOTO: JA­COB WIL­SON

SAFETY: Whit­sun­day Fish­ing World man­ager Grant Spees called for pa­tience on the Shute Har­bour boat ramp.

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