Progress on the Shute Har­bour front this week

Whitsunday Times - - NEWS -

THE re­turn of Cruise Whitsundays ferry ser­vices to Shute Har­bour yes­ter­day came as wel­come news amid a Cat­e­gory D fund­ing dis­pute be­tween fed­eral, state and lo­cal gov­ern­ments.

This progress is a re­sult of Whit­sun­day Re­gional Coun­cil, Hamilton Is­land and Cruise Whitsundays man­age­ment work­ing to­gether to speed up prepa­ra­tions to en­sure safe op­er­a­tion from the fa­cil­ity.

Mayor Andrew Will­cox stressed that this de­vel­op­ment was a “tem­po­rary so­lu­tion”.

“Our pri­or­ity has been to safely re-es­tab­lish a ferry ser­vice, par­tic­u­larly for our com­muters and con­struc­tion work­ers, to al­le­vi­ate the pres­sure cur­rently be­ing ex­pe­ri­enced at Port of Air­lie,” he said.

Cruise Whitsundays man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Nick Hor­tle said this meant travellers could en­joy re­duced travel time and free park­ing from Shute Har­bour.

“By park­ing at Shute Har­bour and tak­ing the shorter ferry ride travellers can save the cost of the nor­mal $6 a day park­ing ticket charged at coun­cil’s car park at Port of Air­lie,” he said.

Due to a levy in­crease re­sult­ing from jetty re­pair work and prepa­ra­tions, Is­land con­trac­tors and staff will be sub­ject to a small fare in­crease from July 31.

No charge will ap­ply to school chil­dren or is­land guests.


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