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Whitsunday Regional Council is urging residents to report unlawful driving on local beaches.
Mayor Andrew Willcox said that driving vehicles, including 4WD’s, motorbikes and quad bikes, on beaches in the Whitsunday Region is prohibited unless prescribed under Council’s Local Law No. 4 (Local Government Controlled Areas Facilities and Roads) 2014.
“While driving on beaches may be a popular recreational activity, residents must consider the damage it can cause to the natural beach environment and native animals,” Cr Willcox said.
“Driving a vehicle on the beach can cause significant damage to the local wildlife and damage to fragile sand dunes and vegetation causing erosion and a disturbance to bird and turtles nests,” he said.
“Residents should also consider the safety of other beach goers and be mindful of the increase in noise which comes with driving on beaches, which is disruptive to nearby properties.
“I encourage residents who witness vehicles unlawfully accessing our beaches with vehicles or causing damage to Council property to make a complaint to Council or contact the Queensland Police Service.”
When submitting complaints, residents may be asked to provide the following information:
• The vehicle description (e.g. colour, make, model, licence plate number)• The exact location, date and time;• A description of what occurred; and• Any photographs of the incident as these may be helpful in an investigation.
Residents can call any of Council’s Customer Service Centres in Bowen (07) 4761 3600, Collinsville (07) 4785 5366 or Proserpine (07) 4945 0200 for further information.