Not Needed, Not wanted!
View of Shute Harbour as it is now

This proposal will turn World Heritage seabed, surrounded by National Park and a publicly accessible foreshore with spectacular views, into private property. The marine habitat will be destroyed, and the views obliterated by high buildings and high breakwaters. This will be replaced with:

  • a 395 berth marina
  • a 109 suite resort hotel
  • a retirement resort with 70 apartments,
  • a managed resort with 52 lots
  • a supermarket and specialty shops

What it could become

Another step in the 'Death of a thousand cuts' approach to managing development on the Great Barrier Reef.

This project will obliterate high-conservation value, productive seagrass habitat surrounded by Marine Park and National Park, home to dugongs, turtles and juvenile fish.

The reclamation of seabed is listed as a 'threatening process' to the health of the Great Barrier Reef by the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority.

Increased boat traffic will result in the deaths of sea turtles as their habitat is replaced by a marina. These animals do not just 'go somewhere else'; they are site attached and will keep returning until they are killed by a boat propeller.

What it could become

This style of development is a thing of the past.

Developments which rely on destruction of public assets such as productive seabed habitats, in order to create private real estate and profits, are dinosaurs from the 1980s and should be a thing of the past.

Approximate area of seabed to be developed

This proposal is likely to cost Whitsunday ratepayers dearly

The track record of proposals such as this one in Queensland is not good. More often than not developments run out of money long before they are completed, leaving ratepayers to clean up the mess and finish off what has been started, and leaving promises made to the public unfulfilled.

Shute Harbour to become a 10 year building site

Can we expect more of this?

Sediment plume from coastal development Whitsundays, 05/02/2008

See what is proposed for Shute Harbour: Shute Harbour Marina Resort brochure.

Read SOF's full response to the Shute Harbour Marina Proposal supplementary EIS.

Airlie Beach Foreshore Revitalisation: Save Our Foreshore submission

Airlie Beach markets

Save Our Foreshore has consulted with the Airlie Beach Market stall holders and spoken with a range of other community members, as well as meeting with the RPS Group.

We have formulated the following proposal:

SOF Submission to Airlie Beach Foreshore revitalisation

We would welcome community feedback on this submission.

Not Needed, Not wanted!


Approved: Shute Harbour to become a 10 year building site

Enough is Enough

Can we expect more of this?

Sediment plume from coastal development Whitsundays, 05/02/2008



10 December 2013

With the latest announcement in the almost 30 year saga of a proposed marina development in Shute Harbour, Minister Seeney has failed to respond to legislation that requires the proof of need for the marina development on public foreshore and World Heritage seabed in Shute Harbour, says President of Whitsunday community group Save our Foreshore Suzette Pelt..

“Amongst many other criteria which have not been met, need is a core criteria for approval”.

In announcing the virtual approval of this development, Mr Seeney has also ignored the genuine concerns of hundreds of local people who made written objections to the commercial development which includes, along with many hectares of reclaimed and storm surge vulnerable land for housing, several 4 and 5 story residential and commercial buildings lining the shoreline.

“We have two marinas under development in Airlie Beach which is the hub of tourism and boating activity. One marina development is still in receivership. There are some 5000 house lots approved for development on the Whitsunday coast along with several years supply of apartments, so it is very hard to see why the region should risk so much when there is no need”. Suzette Pelt says.

“Marina developments and particularly those that require massive dredging and construction for cyclonic conditions have a track record of financial failure. All the evidence is there, from North Queensland to the Gold Coast, their record speaks for themselves. They open a Pandoras box of problems. This Government has learned nothing from the Hinchinbrook disaster”.

“Let’s get our existing marinas, shops and restaurants full and profitable before even considering the need to put massive commercial development in Shute. Tourists can go anywhere in the world and see concrete, high-rises and marinas, but there is only one naturally beautiful Shute Harbour”.

“Some people may think this is a fabulous development for the Whitsundays but once they get the full picture, the reality is far from that. For example, for fishermen it means the loss of a protected fish breeding habitat and mangroves; for inner islands and resorts it will bring deterioration in water quality and for the area’s tourists the loss of stunningly scenery as you round the corners and the vistas of islands and rain forested hills come into view”.

SOF also collected some 2500 petition signatures during the latest revival of the proposal.

For more information please contact:

Suzette Pelt, President

P.O. Box 59, Airlie Beach QLD 4802

Tel: 0419 768 195

Save Our Foreshore is an association registered under the Incorporated Association Act. It is a community organisation created by citizens of the community of Whitsunday having a particular interest in ensuring that public access to the coast and amenity of coastal public lands are preserved and enhanced for the long term benefit of their ecological, scenic and recreational values as enjoyed by the Whitsunday community and visitors to the area.


For some time we have been battling to prevent a proposed marina construction and massive land development at World Heritage Shute Harbour – once again, the project involves loss of public land.

The long awaited Shute Harbour Marina Proposal, Supplementary EIS (SEIS) was released for public comment closing April 29 2013. While the project's proposed footprint was a little smaller than previously proposed, the changes were essentially cosmetic and all the principal economic, social and environmental objections to its approval remained in place. SOF prepared a number of tailored submissions based on a range of issues for the public to fill in and send. To see the submissions go to the Shute Harbour page on this website.


Save Our Foreshore Inc. is a community group originally formed to protect publicly owned foreshore land in Queensland's Whitsunday region.

SOF's initial, and successful, campaign was to prevent the giveaway of public foreshore at Airlie Beach and the subsequent construction of a high rise development on that site by the Outrigger Hotel Group. It was clear from the outset that the proposed development failed to comply with the then-Whitsunday Shire Council's planning scheme in a number of ways.

SOF's recent campaigns include a resurrection of a threat to this same patch of public foreshore land. A second proposal to do a land swap with a private property owner would have seen a four storey hotel in the centre of this land.

Groundhog day for Airlie’s public foreshore

Airlie’s public foreshore parkland (currently car park) once again became the focus of controversy with public land in danger of being swapped into ‘private hands’. Save Our Foreshore and its thousands of supporters fought this battle five years ago and were obliged to fight it again in 2011/12. Despite attempts to discredit SOF and spread rumours, SOF and the community were, for a second time, succesful in their fight to preserve public parkland and have the foreshore’s temporary parking lot preserved as green space for everyday public use and for tourism’s massive outdoor events market.

SOF has also agreed to support a campaign by residents of Bowen, a town in the north of the new Whitsunday Regional Council area (council formed on March 15, 2008).

The Bowen Residents Action Association is objecting to a number of moves by the council and the State government, including the proposed construction of an aluminium refinery just north of the town.