The tender and design for the new facility at Shute Harbour has been given the green light with works expected to begin next month.
The $35 million construction tender for the rebuild of Shute Harbour terminal and seawall was awarded to Vassallo Constructions Pty Ltd.
The overall $54.5 million restoration project will see a complete rebuild of the seawall, terminal, pontoons and carpark at the Shute Harbour marine facility.
The new terminal and jetties will replace the buildings damaged by Cyclone Debbie, which have already been demolished.
The final design features a two-floor terminal with views over the water, café facilities, a new carpark, new public amenities, landscaping and three finger pontoon jetties, including a designated recreational fishing pontoon and fuel facilities on the other two pontoons.
Mayor Andrew Willcox said the design has provided a modern facility that will be both a functional space for operators and an iconic destination for visitors.
“The new facility will bring Shute Harbour back to life and create more opportunities for tourism and commercial investment,” he said.
“The design also cleverly incorporates some of the history and legacy of the old facility, with timber recycled from the demolished jetties to be used in the façade of the new terminal building.
“The new terminal has been designed with future expansion and opportunity in mind, so Council can continue to grow the facility if needs change in the future,” Mayor Willcox said.
Vassallo will commence mobilising to site on 6 January and commence construction on 20 January when access to the Shute Harbour area will be restricted to existing ferry operations and small tourism operators.
The existing boat ramp and fishing pontoon will be closed from 20 January 2020.
Eligible works have been jointly funded by the Commonwealth and Queensland Governments under the
Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA).
For more information, visit the project page here – https://yoursay.whitsundayrc.qld.gov.au/
Source: Whitsunday Regional Council