Shute Harbour restoration

Shute harbour Restoration project
The marine facility at Shute Harbour was damaged extensively during Severe Tropical Cyclone Debbie, with funding granted through the jointly-funded Commonwealth-State Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA) to restore the facility.  Read more here.

At this point in time, Council is only restoring the damaged terminal buildings, seawall, jetties and pontoons, however there is an opportunity for future-proofing the site for future growth and investment. 

Demolition works began in April 2018 and were completed in early July 2018, to remove the damaged terminal building and jetties before the restoration works begin.  Extensive geotechnical investigations have been completed at the site, which have helped inform the detailed design for the new seawall.

Construction on the new seawall is expected to begin in 2019, with Council going out to tender for the construction in early 2019.

View the latest project updates below:

December 2018 Project Update [PDF 253 KB]

October 2018 Project Update [PDF 192KB]

August 2018 Project Update [PDF 1.4MB]

June 2018 Project Update [PDF 1.8MB]

April 2018 Project Update [PDF 170KB]

February 2018 Project Update [PDF 1.1MB]
In 2017, Council undertook community consultation to find out what the community feels is important for the future of Shute Harbour. Find out more about the consultation process here.
Shute Harbour opened in 1961. Shute Harbour was devoted exclusively to tourism after sugar was transferred to bulk handling facilities at Mackay. The Lloyd Roberts Jetty was constructed during 1961 and completed in December 1961. An A-frame building was opened on the landward side of the jetty for tourist and visitor bookings.  

Since the establishment of Shute Harbour in the 1960's the tourism traffic through the facility to the Whitsunday Islands flourished.  The Shute Harbour facilities have undergone several changes to the building and facilities with  major changes occurring in the early 1970's (car parking and South Molle Jetty), in the middle of the eighties (additional Terminal facility Lloyd Roberts) and early 1990/2000's (SHIFT demolition and reconstruction of terminal facility at Lloyd Roberts Jetty and the addition of the floating pontoons). The floating pontoons in place until Cyclone Debbie in March 2017, were added to both concrete jetties between 1999 and 2000.

The ferry traffic to the island was operated by various contractors over the years more recently the operators were Fantasea and Cruise Whitsunday. In September 2014, Cruise Whitsunday vacated the terminal facility and moved almost all ferry traffic to the new terminal at Port of Airlie. 

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