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Whitsunday Regional Council today endorsed an agreement with Uninet to provide a stinger netswimming enclosure at Cannonvale Beach until 30th June 2016.
Mayor Jenny Whitney said Council is pleased to be able to provide a safer swimming environment over the summer months for people in the Cannonvale area.
“The purpose of the stinger enclosure net is to keep larger marine stingers and potentiallydangerous marine animals out of a designated swimming area,” she said.
“The swimming enclosure net enables people to swim in the ocean during the “stinger season”which is from October to May.
“The stinger enclosures are less effective against smaller marine stingers such as the Irukandji jelly fish.
“The swimming enclosure net provides a relatively safe and enjoyable swimming environment from approximately mid tide to high tide,” she said.
The current agreement with Uninet was entered into in 2008 and expired in July 2013.
The new hire agreement rate with Uninet for the Cannonvale net will be $21,560 in the first yearincreasing by 1.7% per year for a 50mx50m enclosure.
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