Concerned Coral Esplanade residents Mark Nicol and Ollie Humpry at the Cannonvale Foreshore playground sea wall which they believe is unsafe.
Concerned Coral Esplanade residents Mark Nicol and Ollie Humpry at the Cannonvale Foreshore playground sea wall which they believe is unsafe.

Petition about beach safety ready

CORAL Esplanade residents will use Australia Day to gain support for their petition centred around the safety issues on Cannonvale foreshore.

Residents Mark Nicol and Ollie Humphry are just two of the residents who believe the drop off into the stormwater outlet poses a huge threat to children's safety.

They also believe there are no adequate barriers between the road and kids playground which is only metres from the road.

As the Cannonvale foreshore is a popular spot for families most afternoons and in particularly Australia Day, the concerned residents hope to gain up to 300 signatures on the day.

Ms Humphry first brought the safety issues to light with a ‘letter to the editor' published in the Whitsunday Times on January 29, 2009.

She said the positioning of the popular playground in relation to the outlet and road still posed a huge safety hazard to kids.

“It's terrifying,” she said.

“There has been so many near misses.

“You have to have a fence around your swimming pool and here there is nothing.

“To put speed humps and wire fencing in, that price is a lot less than the cost of a life.

“All it takes is one slip.”

Mr Nicol has also been concerned for children's safety for sometime as he recalls seeing many kids having lucky escapes while venturing either close to the road or outlet while playing at the playground.

He was quoted in the Whitsunday Times on December 16 last year where he and other Coral Esplanade residents said the problem had become worse over time.

Mr Nicol said the petition was needed to ensure Whitsunday Regional Council was aware of the extent of the problem on the foreshore.

“All we want is some response from Council so they do something before something bad happens,” he said.

“We want them to put something there to stop the kids from falling.”

Whitsunday Regional Council mayor Mike Brunker said after yesterday's Council meeting in Bowen that Council was now aware of the problem and was investigating ways to rectify it.

“One of our officers is looking into it,” he said.

“They are looking at a handrail concept [above the stormwater outlet].

“They [concerned residents] can certainly save time and effort with a petition as it's been brought to our attention,” he said.


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