Proserpine resident Peter Bates with his daughters Tess, Lucia and Josie in front of the playground at Cannonvale Beach.
Proserpine resident Peter Bates with his daughters Tess, Lucia and Josie in front of the playground at Cannonvale Beach.

Safety concerns at foreshore

WHITSUNDAY residents are calling on Whitsunday Regional Council to make the Cannonvale Beach foreshore a safer place for all.

The residents are concerned about the drop off into the creek outlet between Cannonvale Beach and the children's playground on Coral Esplanade.

Long term Coral Esplanade resident Mark Nicol said the issue had come to light as recent rainfall caused sand to be pushed away from the wall.

“Someone is going to get killed here,” he said.

“There's a drop and when the water comes through, it's just dangerous.

“With Christmas coming on there is going to be people down here everywhere.”

Resident Terry Kemp agreed the drop off posed a safety hazard to infants.

He believes a permanent fence should be constructed between the playground and beach to prevent a potential tragedy in the future.

“Erosion and climatic conditions seem to be creating a problem that people haven't seen here before,” he said.

“With a fence there [in between the outlet and playground] the problem will be rectified so it doesn't matter what happens with the sand.

“It's a great facility that people can utilise and it's one of the only natural beaches in the area so they [Council] should spend more money on it.”

Another issue local residents believe should be rectified in the street is speeding on what was once a quiet street.

Proserpine resident Peter Bates visits his mother in the street regularly.

He often takes his daughters to play in the playground and said the issue had become a problem in recent years as more people came to the region.

Mr Nicol agreed and said speed bumps and speed warning signs should be put in place to stop cars from speeding in the street.

“There are no warning signs and it [the playground] is close to the road,” he said.

“When someone gets run over, that's when it becomes a big issue.”

A spokesperson for Whitsunday Regional Council said they had not received complaints about either of these issues and that they would investigate them if they received formal complaints from residents.


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