Tourism op­er­a­tors are still ramped up

Whitsunday Times - - NEWS - Ja­cob Wil­son ja­cob.wil­son@whit­sun­day­times .com.au

SHUTE Har­bour has not been shut down com­pletely.

Salty Dog, Is­land Trans­fers and Scam­per are still op­er­at­ing from the com­mer­cial boat ramp de­spite the har­bour be­ing closed for pub­lic use.

Salty Dog Sea Kayak­ing op­er­a­tor Neill Kennedy said it was im­por­tant to get the mes­sage across that they were still run­ning seven days a week.

“There is certainly a need to tell peo­ple we are here, there is a lot of public­ity that Shute Har­bour has been shut down com­pletely,” he said.

“It’s a con­stant ef­fort to keep re­mind­ing our clients that we are still run­ning as usual and have ac­cess to the water unim­peded, all we need is good weather.”

Tourist op­er­a­tors have used the fa­cil­ity for three-and-a-half weeks fol­low­ing mi­nor re­pair work and road clear­ance work re­quired af­ter Cy­clone Deb­bie struck.

Is­land Trans­fers op­er­a­tor Phil Syme said it was busi­ness as nor­mal since the coun­cil ap­proved Shute Har­bour for com­mer­cial use on April 12.

“We are do­ing ev­ery­thing we were be­fore­hand with the same times and same des­ti­na­tions,” he said.

“The only thing that changed is we are run­ning from the ramp in­stead of the jetty.”

Scam­per co-owner Sandy Pavey said there were still a lot of out­door ad­ven­tures for their clients.

There is certainly a need to tell peo­ple we are here, there is a lot of public­ity that Shute Har­bour has been shut down com­pletely. — Neill Kennedy

“Ev­ery­thing will be back to nor­mal once White­haven Beach opens up be­cause it is the most pop­u­lar one,” she said.

“Peo­ple can still go camp­ing and some walks should be open at South Molle by the end of this week.”

PHOTO: JA­COB WIL­SON

OPEN: Salty Dog Sea Kayak­ing op­er­a­tor Neill Kennedy with Zane Kennedy.

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