Net will not be up un­til next month

Whitsunday Times - - FRONT PAGE -

Dane Lilling­stone Dane.Lilling­stone@ whit­sun­day­ FOL­LOW­ING the first jel­ly­fish sting of the sea­son last week, Whit­sun­day Re­gional Coun­cil has pro­vided more in­for­ma­tion on how it op­er­ates its stinger nets.

The coun­cil also stood by its de­ci­sion not to in­stall a net at Boathaven Beach un­til No­vem­ber. The coun­cil has three stinger nets at Wil­sons Beach, Dingo Beach and Port of Air­lie’s Boathaven Beach and has no plans for the Cannonvale Beach net to re­turn.

While some peo­ple ques­tioned the de­lay of the Boathaven Beach net, a coun­cil spokes­woman said it would not be ready un­til No­vem­ber 1.

“The in­stall date for the Boathaven Beach stinger net is No­vem­ber 1 as it is the start of stinger ‘sea­son’ and it is re­moved in mid-May (end of of­fi­cial sea­son). This is a nor­mal time for in­stall as it is the start of the ‘stinger sea­son,’” she said.

Coun­cil­lor Jan Clif­ford said the date was set as the net was in­stalled by a third party.

“The sup­plier has a sched­ule, it’s got to be se­cured and booked. It’s not our net, we hire it,” she said.

“It’s not like or­der­ing a take­away pizza, these things are mas­sive. It’s a spe­cial­ist job.”

How­ever some read­ers on the Whit­sun­day Times Face­book page were not happy that the beach would wait weeks to have a net.

“The town booms, stingers are here!! Where’s the bloody stinger net at Port of Air­lie Beach?? Would love to know why it’s not there yet!” Julie Har­ri­son wrote.

“Where’s our stinger nets. I thought they would have been in for school hol­i­days and long week­end, but no... They should re­ally be in dur­ing Septem­ber through,” An­drea Kri­wonosow said.

The coun­cil has stood by its de­ci­sion and said it based the date on a num­ber of fac­tors us­ing the Stinger Sea­son En­clo­sure Pro­to­col that in­cor­po­rates in­for­ma­tion from Surf Life Sav­ing Queens­land, James Cook Univer­sity and Uninet En­clo­sure Sys­tems.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED NET NO MORE: There are no cur­rent plans for a jel­ly­fish net at Cannonvale Beach.

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