Beach swim­ming area a com­mu­nity hub

Whitsunday Times - - NEWS -

and at Cedar Creek Falls there has been three killed, so we have to have the swim­ming area down here.”

Since the in­stal­la­tion of play equip­ment in the park un­der the Works 4 Queens­land pro­gram, the need for the en­clo­sure had never been greater, ad­vo­cate, Belinda Gata said.

Though most res­i­dents be­lieved some­thing had to be done about ris­ing croc num­bers in the Proser­pine River at the same time, no one can re­mem­ber see­ing one in­side the en­clo­sure.

“It’s funny that’s its sud­denly be­come an is­sue,” Ms Gater said.

In sum­mer Ms Gater said the only other chil­dren’s swim­ming op­tion was in Proser­pine, which was too far to travel.

The swim­ming en­clo­sure at Dingo Beach re­ceived a $15,000 re­vamp weeks be­fore Cy­clone Deb­bie hit. The en­clo­sure sus­tained ex­ten­sive dam­age dur­ing the storm which has since been fixed.

Ms Gater said she had been told by the coun­cil the an­nual cost of re­pairs were be­tween $600 and $1500 per an­num.

“And now sud­denly that figure has blown out,” she said.

Res­i­dent of the area for 45 years Lyn Green said there was noth­ing wrong with the bulk of the struc­ture, it was only the net­ting that needed fix­ing.

“We don't want it ac­tu­ally pulled out and re­placed. There is noth­ing wrong with the posts,” she said.

“We just want to make it safe for peo­ple to swim.”

Whit­sun­day Re­gional Coun­cil mayor, Andrew Will­cox said it was im­per­a­tive the coun­cil made safety of the pub­lic a pri­or­ity.

“The De­part­ment of En­vi­ron­ment and Heritage re­cently alerted coun­cil to a ma­jor in­crease in croc­o­dile ac­tiv­ity in the vicin­ity, so it is only log­i­cal that we take this into con­sid­er­a­tion,” he said.

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