End of an era for Pal­larenda shore­line

Townsville Bulletin - - News -

CY­CLONE Yasi has landed the fi­nal blow to Pal­larenda’s age­ing stinger net, sig­nalling the end of more than 44 years of his­tory.

The swim­ming en­clo­sure has be­come an iconic part of the Pal­larenda shore­line since it was first in­stalled in 1967.

The pro­ject was handed a shaky in­tro­duc­tion af­ter sur­viv­ing a bruis­ing brush with Cy­clone Althea in Dec- em­ber 1971. The struc­ture is made from steel rail­way lines be­lieved to be taken from Mount Isa in the 1950s.

The Townsville City Coun­cil has or­dered the struc­ture’s re­moval af­ter a re­port de­clared the area un­safe.

Coun­cil Health and Safety C o mmit t e e me mbe r C r Vern Veitch said the struc­ture had reached the end of its life.

‘‘ The

cor­ro­sion

was

al- ready get­ting to a point where it was not main­tain­able but the force from Yasi has left the struc­ture dam­aged be­yond re­pair,’’ he said.

‘‘ The re­cent re­port i d e n t i f i e d t h e a r e a dan­ger­ous.’’

The his­toric struc­ture is set to be re­placed by a mod­ern-day float­ing en­clo­sure sim­i­lar to the nets found along The Strand. has a s

Cr Veitch said he pre­dicted the new net would be i n t r o d u c e d b e f o r e n e x t year’s stinger sea­son.

‘‘ That will ob­vi­ously all de­pend on bud­get de­lib­er­a­tions but this is some­thing I will be push­ing for very strongly,’’ he said.

‘‘ I think the peo­ple of Pal­larenda de­serve to have their own swim­ming en­clo­sure and at the same time it will take some of the traf­fic

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