13 March, 2013

Shute Harbour Marina

We are encouraged to comment on the proposed $252 million Shute Harbour Marina in the Whitsundays when the Coordinator-General releases the project’s supplementary environmental impact statement (SEIS) on the 16 March 2013.

One had six weeks to comment on the SEIS for a project.

Coming on the back of the approval of the Ella Bay project and following closely on the heels of the Great Keppel Island project approval only a week ago, there is no doubt that the Queensland Government  is driving forward tourism towards a new era in Queensland.

Shute Harbour marina in the current development proposal includes:
·         395 marina berths
·         Retirement resort (70 apartments)
·         Resort hotel (109 suites)
·         Managed resort (52 lots)
·         Community cyclone shelter
·         Indigenous cultural centre

The SEIS followed the release of the original environmental impact statement (EIS) in November 2008 and represented a significant change in the size and scope of the project.

“The proponent, Shute Harbour Marina Development Pty Ltd, was required to provide the SEIS to address a number of issues raised during the public consultation on the original EIS

Issues addressed in the SEIS include the size of the original marina development, impact on marine traffic, and the location of the marina access channel.

The release of the supplementary environmental impact statement is an opportunity for the community to have its say on whether these issues have been adequately addressed.

The Shute Harbour Marina project supplementary information on the EIS, plus more details on the project, can be viewed at www.dsdip.qld.gov.au/shute-harbour-marina

All submissions must be written and delivered to the Coordinator-General’s office by 5pm on Monday 29 April 2013.

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