End of an era for Pallarenda shoreline
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.
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