Appoint a ranger
I CAN’T help but feel deja vu reading this story – “Petition refused for more water police”.
In September 2013, Take Action for Pumicestone Passage submitted a petition containing 3716 signatures to Mark McArdle to present to State Government. The petition asked State Government to better manage and implement regulations already existing to protect the Pumicestone Passage from irresponsible use by recreational users of the waterway.
The petition was supported by a management plan TAPP devised which recommended the appointment of a maritime ranger (in consultation with an ex-ranger).
The additional benefits of the appointment of the ranger was a tourism element. They would wear a “uniform”, be easily identifiable by the public, available to talk at local schools, and include a profile that included wildlife rescue. We hoped he /she may become a local “hero”... and certainly a drawcard for visitors.
Then, meetings went back and forth between McArdle, TAPP and council and clearly nothing happened. Perhaps this “smart” region may actually initiate an innovative, practical solution to a serious issue which can only get worse if nothing is done. In light of the huge population increase planned for Aura and Pelican Waters Southern Lakes, it’s only a matter of time.
Perhaps Mr McArdle should talk to Tim Dwyer and they both should take the issue further this time instead of putting it in the “too difficult” basket?
— GAIL PODBERSCEK Golden Beach