Once again Cairns Post www.cairns.com.au journalist Julie Lightfoot has beaten other regional papers to the punch and reported on the dangerous and environmentally destructive situation at Cowley Beach in her story ‘Fears over beach 4WD’ published today in the Weekend Post. My respect to the Cairns Post for reporting local news for local readers.
Recently I blogged about this mess at Cowley Beach in the story Cassowary Coast Regional Council’s mismanagement encourages dune damage at Cowley Beach.
I must admit my focus was more on the environment than safety though I take the safety issue very seriously.
Local people are concerned about safety at this beach and authorities have ignored frequent requests by local resident, Mr Richard Piper, for emergency response simulations /drills on the beach. Mr Piper has hit the nail on the head when he draws attention to the fact that school holidays will increase usage of the beach by both vehicle and pedestrian traffic.
I believe this beach is an accident waiting to happen and council’s meetings, matrixes and discussions would be little comfort to a grieving parent if a child is maimed or killed on this beach when such an accident could be so easily avoided.
This may seem a little alarmist you may think. You might also think people don’t get hit by cars on Queensland beaches. Sadly you would be wrong on both counts. A little over month ago a woman was run over by a car whilst sunbathing on a Gold Coast beach by of all things a council maintenance vehicle!
The potential for litigation against council if such a tragedy occurred is very great especially considering many of these vehicles are unregistered and uninsured.
Interestingly Julie’s article was placed next to a delightful picture of a couple running along a pristine beach in an advertisement by Aveo www.aveolivewell.com.au
It’s a pity Cowley beach doesn’t look as good.
People aren’t blocking our roads with sandcastles so why are the Cassowary Coast Regional Council using our beaches as roads?