Public has access to Beacons road and beach
QUESTIONS over limitations to access of the Beacons Road and Boathaven Beach have been answered this week, with all stakeholders confirming there is public access at all times.
Whitsunday Regional Council received a complaint from a member of the public who said he had been turned away from the area on the night of Sunday, February 22, by a security guard who told him the Beacons was a private estate, with only residents allowed to enter the road.
The complaint was also presented to the Whitsunday Police, Department of Natural Mines and Resources and Key Security group.
Key Security owner and General Manager Gerard Raiteri confirmed the road was a public road but explained there were previously some restrictions over the beach.
Mr Raiteri said the beach had previously been closed between the hours of 9pm and 6am but he said this was no longer the case.
“From last week there’s access allowed to the beach at night but all the general rules apply, as per any foreshore,” he said.
Mr Raiteri said the incident on February 22, was purely a misunderstanding and that while security guards would not stop people from using the road at night, they would certainly ask questions if at all concerned.
Port of Airlie General Manager Andrew Forster said security guards were over there “so people are safe”.
“And we have security over there so the home and property owners have a degree of security – they’re not there to make public areas inaccessible to people who genuinely want to use them in a nice manner,” he said.
Mayor Jennifer Whitney said the Beacons Road was owned by Council and able to be accessed by the public at all times.
“[And] when Council officers were made aware of this issue all involved parties were advised as such,” she said.