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.

Temporary fence for park at beach

WHITSUNDAY Regional Council has responded to the call from concerned residents to make the park on the Cannonvale foreshore safer for children.

Coral Esplanade residents brought the matter to Council's attention.

Mayor Mike Brunker said Council officers had investigated and believed a fence was required in between the storm water outlet and park.

He said Council would install temporary fencing and would consider fencing around the entire park in the next budget year.

“They [council officers] are putting up some temporary fencing across where the drain is and where the kids can drop off,” he said.

“Then we will look at fencing the whole park at our next budget meeting due to the size and cost of the fencing.”

Coral Esplanade resident Ollie Humphry has been a strong advocate pushing for fencing and speed humps on the road near the park.

She launched a petition on Australia Day to gain support on the issue and 140 people signed it on the day.

Ms Humphry said a further 30 signatures had been acquired since Australia Day from fellow Coral Esplanade residents, tourists, regular beach-goers and mum and dad groups.

“Everyone was very positive,” she said.

“A lot of them [people] said they came down specifically on the day to sign the petition.

Ms Humphry said she would continue with the petition in the coming weeks asking schools and childcare centres in the Whitsundays for their support.

“Hopefully we'll get something constructive done,” she said.

“Something sustainable for the area.”


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