Stinger net saved

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

WHIT­SUN­DAY Re­gional Coun­cil has re­versed its de­ci­sion to lose the Can­non­vale Beach stinger net af­ter re­ceiv­ing a pe­ti­tion signed by 2327 peo­ple de­ter­mined to see the net re­tained.

The pe­ti­tion was pre­sented at Tues­day’s Coun­cil meet­ing by lo­cal res­i­dent Sab­rina Mitchell who spoke pas­sion­ately about the cause.

“This net is used by many tourists, lo­cals and chil­dren alike and has been an as­set to our com­mu­nity since at least the 60s in one form or another,” Ms Mitchell said.

“We un­der­stand that the net is not 100 per cent stinger proof but it does pro­vide a de­gree of safety and it is the com­mu­nity’s opinion that some pro­tec­tion is bet­ter than none.”

Ms Mitchell said lo­cals were also very up­set that Coun­cil made the de­ci­sion to re­move the stinger net with­out con­sult­ing the com­mu­nity.

She said this was a fail­ure in Coun­cil’s duty of care and she begged coun­cil­lors, “when con­sid­er­ing this, please think of your chil­dren, grand­chil­dren, fam­ily and friends”.

Cr Jan Clif­ford moved the mo­tion to re­peal Coun­cil’s for­mer de- ci­sion and she also moved a mo­tion that Coun­cil re­new the lease ar­range­ments with the stinger net’s cur­rent sup­plier. She did how­ever, ask for sig­nage to be erected, warn­ing swim­mers that stingers nets do not nec­es­sar­ily stop the smaller irukandji from get­ting through.

Whit­sun­day mayor Jennifer Whit­ney said this was a won­der­ful re­sult for the com­mu­nity and she con­grat­u­lated all those in­volved in col­lat­ing the pe­ti­tion and bring­ing it be­fore Coun­cil in such an or­gan­ised and timely man­ner.

Ms Mitchell said she was thrilled with this re­sponse and she thanked Coun­cil for tak­ing ac­tion.

Fel­low Can­non­vale res­i­dent Maz McDougall, who was also at the fore­front of the ‘save the Can­non­vale stinger net’ charge said she was “over the moon” when she heard the re­sult.

“This com­mu­nity just as­tounds me – once again ev­ery­body has got be­hind some­thing that needed to hap­pen and there’s also a ‘thank you’ to the Coun­cil for lis­ten­ing to us and sup­port­ing us,” she said.

DON'T GO: Tra­cie Bleines, Jeni Borellini, Maz McDougall, Jan Gra­ham and Sara Gor­man want the the Can­non­vale Beach stinger net to stay.

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