The 2001 Whitsunday Marina Demand Analysis has always been quoted as the groundwork for establishing need.
This study sets out projected need through to 2015 at a figure of 1300 vessels (not necessarily housed in marinas).
As at 2007 we have the capacity now for 1457 marina berths just in the Whitsundays. This is without including moorings - there are over 400 in Shute Harbour alone not to mention those at Airlie, Abel Point or Mandalay.
Not everyone wants or can afford to have their vessel in a marina – there is clearly a place for moorings.
We are well catered for in terms of Marina Berth through to 2015 and beyond.
Marina berths and moorings currently:
Between Mackay and Bowen approved or in place
2771 Marina Berths
The addition of Shute Harbour would take this to 3504
406 moorings in Shute Harbour
Approx another 800 throughout just the Whitsunday area
Bowen has just had a 600 berth marina approved and this has spread the supply from the top to the bottom of the Whitsundays.
Maintaining a balance of options for boat storage; ie. retaining moorings will ensure access to the Marine Park for all users and not just those who can afford to be in a Marina.
An excerpt from a presentation prepared and delivered by Shutehaven Residents Assn September 2007