Public has ac­cess to Bea­cons road and beach

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

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.

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