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Four months on from Tropical Cyclone Debbie, ferry services will recommence operation from Shute Harbour on Wednesday 26 July with Cruise Whitsundays.
Mayor Andrew Willcox said Council has worked hard with Hamilton Island and Cruise Whitsunday Management to expedite preparations to enable ferry services to operate safely from Shute Harbour.
“From Wednesday this week, we look forward welcoming back our commuters and tradespeople to Shute Harbour, allowing Port of Airlie to be the dedicated departure point for our island and reef tourism services,” Mayor Willcox said.
“The fact remains that the extent of the damage sustained at Shute Harbour is extensive and it will be some time before it is restored to its full potential,” he said
“This is a temporary solution, with Council planning underway for a possible rebuild of the infrastructure, to provide the permanent solution for services from Shute.”
“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.”
“This is exciting news for our region as the interim arrangement of all services departing from Port of Airlie has impacted the community with an obvious issue with available car parking in this area.”
CEO of Hamilton Island, Glenn Bourke said “We have been impressed by the leadership and proactive response from the Mayor and Council in reactivating this important infrastructure, servicing our island communities.”
Passengers using the ferry service from Shute Harbour will receive free parking until further notice.
Cruise Whitsunday will deliver an enhanced timetable with three morning departures commencing at 6:30am. Passengers are encouraged to check the timetable prior to Wednesday morning which is available on-line at www.cruisewhitsundays.com and is being distributed on current services.
Mayor Willcox continued by saying that “Council will now continue to progress insurance claims and we are pursuing funding opportunities to fund the redevelopment of Shute Harbour as the longer term solution.”
“I want to thank our residents and workers for your patience and cooperation over the last few months while Council has worked to resolve issues around the region after the damage caused by Cyclone Debbie.”
Anyone seeking further information can contact Council’s Customer Service Centre on (07) 4945 0200.