Beach access reopened
CAIRNS Regional Council has reopened a beach access path after realising it was the responsibility and asset of the Sheraton Mirage.
Last week concerned community members contacted the Gazette after a sign was erected on the southern Sheraton beach access pathway, informing the public of its closure.
After the Sheraton Mirage learnt of this, they contact council and general manager Lachlan Walker said they have since asked for details of the report to find out what is needed in terms of repairs.
‘‘Our engineer is working with the council identifying areas that require rectification and will carry these repairs out in due course based on a priority system,’’ he said.
Repairs required include fixing areas of damaged pathway and a leaking pipe from an adjacent property, which has caused damage.
Division 10 Councillor Julia Leu, who strongly opposed the pathway closure said she would work with the Sheraton Mirage to rectify the dilapidated pathway.
‘‘If I had been consulted in the first place, this debacle could have easily been avoided,’’ she said.
‘‘I was well aware the pathway is owned by the Sheraton and subject to an agreement with Council in relation to maintenance.
‘‘I am very pleased this matter has now been settled. It was clear from the outset that the pathway was very important to locals and tourists wanting to access the beach.
‘‘I look forward to working with the Sheraton Resort in sorting out the maintenance issues as per the current agreement with council.’’