DSC calls fo­rum for Wonga

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - Madi­son Wil­liams

THE hot topic of quad bike riders on Wonga Beach will be one of the sub­jects at a com­mu­nity meet­ing held by Mayor Ju­lia Leu on Tues­day, De­cem­ber 1 at 6.30pm at the Wonga Beach State School.

Coun­cil­lor Bruce Clarke weighed in on the quad bike is­sue when he pub­lished a state­ment on the Wonga Beach no­tice board on Face­book af­ter he was ap­proached by some con­cerned res­i­dents.

The quad bikes are rid­den on the roads and beach around the area.

He cited pub­lic safety and dev­as­ta­tion of the buf­fer zone as con­cerns brought for­ward.

“It’s a few young peo­ple making it bad,” Cr Clarke said.

“It will be a chance to dis­cuss with the par­ents.

“It’s not enough for coun­cil and po­lice to ad­dress the is­sue, the main source of re­spon­si­bil- ity needs to come from the par­ents.”

Res­i­dents in Wonga are split over the topic as some com­mu­nity mem­bers ar­gue the im­por­tance of recre­ational ac­tiv­i­ties like the quad bikes to keep young peo­ple en­ter­tained in the area.

Th­ese res­i­dents ex­pressed fears that lim­it­ing quad bike use could lead to bore­dom for the youths and cause them to play up.

The aim of the meet­ing is to dis­cuss the is­sue with the com­mu­nity and reach a com­pro­mise as well as ad­dress other is­sues that res­i­dents wish to present coun­cil.

Coun­cil has hosted sim­i­lar fo­rums be­fore in Cow Bay and praised their suc­cess.

Do you have a news tip? Con­tact Ed­i­tor Shane Nichols on 4099 8555 or shane.nichols@news.com.au

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