Agreement until 2016 for stinger net at Cannonvale
THE Cannonvale Stinger net will remain in place until mid-2016, after Whitsunday Regional Council yesterday endorsed and agreement with net-provider Uninet.
Mayor Jenny Whitney said Council is pleased to be able to provide a safer swimming environment over the summer months for people in the Cannonvale area.
“The purpose of the stinger enclosure net is to keep larger marine stingers and potentially dangerous marine animals out of a designated swimming area,” she said.
“The swimming enclosure net enables people to swim in the ocean during the “stinger season” which is from October to May.
“The stinger enclosures are less effective against smaller marine stingers such as the Irukandji jelly fish.”
Council provoked a public outcry earlier in the year, after deciding to remove the net without community consultation.
A petition was started, which quickly generated several thousand signatures.
The new hire agreement rate with Uninet for the Cannonvale net will be $21,560 in the first year, increasing by 1.7 per cent per year thereafter.