Sunshine Coast Daily - - FRONT PAGE - SCOTT SAWYER Scott.Sawyer@sc­news.com.au

FORMER Caloun­dra po­lice Se­nior Sergeant Gavin Ricketts has slammed the be­hav­iour of Dou­ble Is­land Point hoons he says are risk­ing young lives.

The former of­fi­cer-in­charge of Caloun­dra sta­tion for eight years re­tired last year and has been spend­ing plenty of time up the beach in his re­tire­ment.

He was up there with his fam­ily for the long week­end last week­end and was stunned by what he saw.

Hoons fish­tail­ing me­tres from chil­dren play­ing in a creek, beach rac­ing, tow­ing peo­ple on boards and stand­ing in the tray of a ute as it sped along the beach were among the worst.

“Dur­ing the week it’s lovely,” Mr Ricketts said.

“(Come Fri­day af­ter­noon) it just goes berserk up there.”

Mr Ricketts cap­tured the af­ter­math of one in­ci­dent.

He said the ute, car­ry­ing Pplates, had been do­ing dough­nuts about 1pm Fri­day when it rolled.

in­jured driver’s blood­stained clothes were left on the beach af­ter he was at­tended to by an am­bu­lance, which raced up the beach to as­sist.

Mr Ricketts thought the ute had to have rolled at least twice as there was dam­age on “ev­ery panel” af­ter it rolled only about a kilome­tre from the start of the camp­ing area.

“We’re only lucky there was no kids there,” he said.

“It’s just get­ting out of con-


trol. There seems to be no law up there.”

He said he in­tended to write to the po­lice and na­tional parks min­is­ters in a bid to pres­sure them to pay more at­tenThe tion to what he said had be­come a no­to­ri­ous hooning strip.

“It just seems to be to­tal lawlessness up there,” Mr Ricketts said.

“It’s out of con­trol. Some­body’s go­ing to get killed. It’ll prob­a­bly be a kid.”

He was also con­cerned about the num­ber of four­wheel drives get­ting around up there that weren’t road­wor­thy and he hoped po­lice and trans­port of­fi­cials would pay more at­ten­tion to the area.

Is­sues have plagued Dou­ble Is­land Point in re­cent years, with lit­ter a huge prob­lem, par­tic­u­larly af­ter long week­ends or pub­lic hol­i­days.

Life­savers watched over more than 106,000 peo­ple on the beach be­tween Christ­mas and new year last year at Dou­ble Is­land Point.

A cap on vis­i­tor num­bers had also been floated.

RECK­LESS BE­HAV­IOUR: Former Caloun­dra po­lice of­fi­cer Gavin Ricketts has slammed hoons on Dou­ble Is­land Point. He cap­tured the af­ter­math of what he said was a hooning ac­ci­dent last week­end.

Pho­tos: Gavin Ricketts

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