Ques­tions about pub­lic ac­cess to pop­u­lar beach

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

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.

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