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Wilson Beach enclosure: What next?

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WILSON Beach residents continue to wait for their swimming enclosure.

The small Wilson Beach settlement 2 km north-west of Conway Beach has been without a functioning enclosure for the last five years, after it was damaged by Cyclone Debbie, in 2017.

Repairs after Cyclone Debbie had to wait because, unfortunately, the beach enclosure was constructed without permission in a Marine Park area in the past.

The repair works were therefore not eligible for Disaster Funding and council was unable to assist with repairing the damaged enclosure.

Approvals for the construction were received in late 2019 to the Department of Environment and Resource Management, after the submission of application permits sent by Whitsunday council; however, after three years, the net is still not near to being under construction.

In June, Whitsunday Regional Council held a BBQ for the community at Wilson Beach, to discuss the swimming enclosure.

Council has also urged the community to complete a ‘Have your say’ survey to find out what other community projects it would be possible to support, if it is not possible to restore the enclosure within the current budget.

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