THE arguments over whether to clean or not to clean Four Mile Beach of debris is one well worth having.
There was nothing Carnivale Beach Day organisers could have done to have the beach pristine last Saturday as the freak weather event of the previous 24 hours and unusual tidal movements conspired to dump a load of debris on the foreshore.
But generally it is well worth the community debating whether or not they wish for their beach to be cleaned regularly or not.
While there are certainly conditions which need to be met if sections of the beach are to be cleaned, it has been done in the past and indications given to the Gazette this week suggest they can be overcome again.
No one would want to do anything which causes damage to the Great Barrier Reef.
But does cleaning a few hundred metres of beach cause damage? I don’t know. But I have certainly heard tourists make negative remarks about Four Mile Beach as it is not what they expected.
Change the beach or the brochure.