Questions about public access to popular beach
THE issue of maintaining public access to the foreshore at Funnel Bay is likely to be re-visited, with some locals complaining the area has been cut off again.
In December 2012, the Whitsunday Times reported that repeated acts of vandalism had forced the owners of the land abutting the beach to limit access by locking their gate.
In January, 2013, the issue was raised at a Whitsunday Regional Council meeting, where Cr Jan Clifford moved a motion that the Council take the necessary action to “re-instate lawful public access to the Funnel Bay foreshore” within the existing Langford Road reserve.
It was agreed that signage would be erected at the entrance to the pedestrian area to advise all visitors that motorised vehicles were prohibited, no camping was permitted and that visitors should respect the environmental sensitivity of the area.
More recently the area was closed to the public for the filming of Angelina Jolie’s directorial debut ‘Unbroken’, which wrapped up in Airlie Beach on February 4, 2014.
Some locals have reported that since filming finished the easement access has been blocked by rocks and the gate, which leads to the beach through private property, has been locked.
A spokeswoman for Whitsunday Regional Council said Council had received no complaints from the public about access to Funnel Bay since the filming finished.
“However, Council is looking at options for restoring public access to the beach at Funnel Bay," she said.