Ap­point a ranger

Sunshine Coast Daily - Caloundra Weekly - - YOUR SAY -

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

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