Interest on the rise for proposed $252M marina resort
EXPRESSIONS of interest have continued to flow in for the Shute Harbour Marina Resort project with a real estate agent saying the proposed development could provide opportunities for employment and business expansion.
The $252m Shute Harbour Marina Resort project is set to include a 395-berth marina, a 100-room hotel, a commercial, retail and dining precinct, 58 managed resort dwellings with private marina berths, and a retirement resort comprising 70 apartments and club facilities.
Principal of Taylors Property Specialist Rob Taylor said interest in the project had continued despite the repercussions of the pandemic.
“I think everyone’s thinking about the future. (Coronavirus) did not slow (the developer’s) intent down no matter what so they’re still on this path to develop the marina,” he said.
“We’ve had lots of inquiries, not just locally but outside the area.
“We’ve now had expressions of interest on nearly 10 per cent of the berths.”
Taylors Property Specialists has also received three expressions of interest on the land and waterfront packages and five on the commercial precinct that will include a supermarket, chandlery, bottle shop, newsagent, cafe and restaurant.
The project would give what Mr Taylor called “another dimension” to the region through drawing in more people seeking a lifestyle change.
However, he also hoped the project would benefit residents already living in the Whitsundays through the creation of jobs and opportunities.
“It’s one of the largest developments outside a capital city that is on the coast of Queensland, which I think is really exciting,” he said.
“This gives more opportunities for employment and gives opportunity for businesses to expand.
“These sorts of projects give little regional towns like us hope and confidence as well.
“Our town only has a certain capacity at the moment but as the town continues to develop, we will need more capacity whether it’s in accommodation or the marina.
The project was met with fierce opposition from community group Save Our Foreshore, which maintained there was no need for another marina in the region, there has never been a need proved, and that the community will lose access to the foreshore and fishing in the bay.
A plan for the marina has been on the table for almost two decades, with proposals for a marina development at Shute Harbour having been discussed since the late 1980s.
Mr Taylor said although there was no solid end date on when the region could expect to see the project up and running, they were currently working ahead of the original schedule.
“It obviously comes down to the amount of interest we receive,” he said.
“The more interest we get the quicker this development will happen.
“We’re already ahead of where we thought we’d be with this timeline.”