Progress on the Shute Harbour front this week
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.
BIG MESS: Shute Harbour suffered significant damage as a result of Cyclone Debbie.