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Whitsunday Regional Council has called for tenders for the demolition stage of the $22 million Shute Harbour Restoration Project.
Shute Harbour infrastructure was decimated by Cyclone Debbie and the restoration project is jointly funded by the Commonwealth and Queensland State Governments under the NDRRA program.
Whitsunday Regional Council Mayor Andrew Willcox said the project’s objective is to re-establish Shute Harbour’s commercial operations without limiting future development opportunities.
“The demolition tender was advertised on the weekend with works expected to start on ground late February,” he said.
“The infrastructure was so badly damaged that we have had to demolish nearly everything and start again with a blank canvas.
“The funding guidelines will only allow Council to restore the damaged terminal buildings, seawall, jetties and pontoons.
“Council will consider all ideas as a result of the recent community consultation when planning for any future development opportunities at the precinct.
“‘By future-proofing the facility, Council can make sure we budget appropriately for any upcoming development at Shute Harbour,” Mayor Willcox said.
The basic design concept for the restoration has started and is expected be presented to council early 2018 for approval.
Construction works are due to commence in September 2018 and will be finished early June 2019 to comply with the funding deadline.
The NDRRA funding provides for the design and reconstruction of the following:• Demolish Lloyd Roberts Jetty;• Construct New Terminal with Toilets (land based); • Construct New Storage Sheds (land based);• Construct Fuel Facility (land based);• Construct Bus Stop (land based);• Construct Landscaping (land based);• Construct Car Park Reconfiguration (land based);• Construct New Floating Pontoon (ferry terminal); • Construct Seawall repair to existing.
Environmental and development approvals are currently being progressed through the state government and council, and will be in place before each stage of the works commence.
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