Minnie Water Beach at the weekend.
Minnie Water Beach at the weekend. Debrah Novak

Drivers, keep off the beach

ALLOWING drivers onto the beach at Minnie Water is just waiting for an accident to happen, says Queensland holiday-maker Tony Howes.

“The beach is a playground and no-one would allow a car to drive through a playground. It would be unacceptably dangerous,” he said.

Clarence Valley Council is charged with policing the beach.

Deputy general manager Des Schroder said council rangers had been down to Minnie Water main beach four or five times last week moving cars off the beach.

He said the majority of calls to rangers were from the surf life saving club requesting the cars be moved off the beach for safety reasons.

Mr Schroder said the main problem was cars and 4X4 vehicles being driven onto the beach without permits, and using the beach as a car park.

“The reason four-wheel-driving is allowed on the beach is for boat launching at the bay,” he said.

“It’s not intended for holiday-makers to park their 4X4s on the beach.”

Because most of the illegal beach drivers were holiday-makers, Mr Schroder said the rangers were mainly giving warnings and asking drivers to move on.

He said if rangers caught people a second time parking on the beach, they would be issued with an infringement notice.

Mr Howes has been pleased with the council’s ‘proactive’ stance.

“They were down on the beach yesterday,” he said.

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