Sausage siz­zle to save stinger net

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

MEM­BERS of the com­mu­nity are in­vited to a sausage siz­zle on Can­non­vale Beach this Sun­day at 10am where hard copies of the pe­ti­tion to save the lo­cal stinger net will be avail­able to sign.

Can­non­vale res­i­dent Maz McDougall is among those lead­ing the charge to see the stinger net re­tained and said lo­cals had been very sup­port­ive of the cam­paign.

“I think we’ve prob­a­bly got well over 1000 sig­na­tures on the pe­ti­tion al­ready,” she said. She said gen­eral opinion was that peo­ple would like to see the stinger net kept there and that even tourists were ask­ing why it was be­ing taken away.

The pe­ti­tion to save Can­non­vale’s stinger net was launched just over a week ago af­ter Whit­sun­day Re­gional Coun­cil voted against re­new­ing its agree­ment with the net’s providers Uninet, cit­ing costs and lack of use as the rea­sons for the de­ci­sion.

Lo­cals have been crit­i­cal of Coun­cil’s sys­tem for mon­i­tor­ing the net’s use and their lack of com­mu­nity con­sul­ta­tion.

Last week, mayor Jennifer Whit­ney said she would be will­ing to take the mat­ter back be­fore Coun­cil if the com­mu­nity demon­strated a need and this week, she said “I haven’t closed the door”.

Hard copies of the pe­ti­tion can be found at lo­cal busi­nesses in­clud­ing the Fat Frog Cafe and Reef Gate­way Ho­tel bot­tle shop. It is also avail­able on­line at www.change.org/pe­ti­tions/whit­sun­dayre­gional-coun­cil-re­in­state-the-can­non­vale-beach-stinger-net.

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