Agree­ment un­til 2016 for stinger net at Can­non­vale

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

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.

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