Sausage sizzle to save stinger net
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.