Ed­i­tor’s com­ment:

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FEEDBACK - Greg Mclean Man­ag­ing ed­i­tor

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.

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