About Save Our Foreshore
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 in 2004, 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.
When Save Our Foreshore was founded in 2004, beautiful Airlie Beach was the latest coastal town to join the nation-wide and now world-wide fight against government give-aways of public land for private development. The town is the heart of Whitsunday's tropical coast and its public foreshore land was being literally given away to development firm FKP to build a 4-storey, 125 room budget Outrigger hotel with, pub and gambling right next to public parkland. FKP wouldn't have had to buy the land - the State government was giving it to them. Locals simply wanted to preserve the public foreshore land for public use. They had lobbied and worked for years to fund and build the foreshore lagoon, and felt they could lose both that and the parkland along the foreshore whether through the Outrigger project or future deals cut by council once the precedent was set. The tender process was complex and people were suspicious. The development did not comply with the Town Plan and therefore should have been rejected.
Councillors were told they would be responsible for one of two futures for Airlie Beach:
1. Seaside slum like every other seaside slum, or
2. Beautiful and unique destination to match our magnificent Whitsundays.
The community gained promises from State and local governments that the land would not be used for private purposes, but clearly we must be ever vigilant.
Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you need any more information We want to stop the give away of Queensland coastal public land and the homogenization of our towns. Save Our Foreshore Inc is the community group formed by locals to stop this kind of development and to get to the bottom of what happens here, so we can prevent the loss of other public lands in the Whitsundays.
Saving Whitsunday public foreshores since 2004: