COMMUNITY BENEFIT – NO NEED
The community benefit identified is the promise of a $2-$2.5M contribution to boat launching and trailer parking facilities.
There’s no arguing the single most essential need identified as part of the Shute Harbour Study has been Boat Launching and Trailer parking facilities.
However recently State Government announced the handing out of $15M to the Central Queensland region for recreational boating infrastructure and upgrades yet none of this has been earmarked for Shute Harbour or any part of the Whitsundays.
Why – The handing over of 51 ha of WHA public foreshore land would seem to be a high price for any community to pay in return for a $2m contribution to recreational facilities just to save Government sharing this allocation.
An example of funding within our region; $2m is what has been allocated to Sarina alone.
SHUTE HARBOUR PLANNING STUDY The clear outcome from this was -
Leave Shute Harbour Alone
No Need for a Marina
The environment was the most important attribute and should be preserved
WHAT THE COMMUNITY WILL LOSE
51 ha of Public Land and waterway
World Heritage Area
View Corridors to Palm Bay
Appeal of Shute Harbour as a
low key transit area surrounded by outstanding environmental attributes
Conflict with existing users and
potential loss of essential services
Access to natural foreshore
Possible enforced use of harbour’s
southern entrance for recreational vessels or some other variation on access to make way for a private development
An excerpt from a presentation prepared and delivered by Shutehaven Residents Assn September 2007