Boreen Point residents are concerned an influx of kite surfers is creating a danger to swimmers, particularly children, in Lake Cootharaba.
Boreen Point residents are concerned an influx of kite surfers is creating a danger to swimmers, particularly children, in Lake Cootharaba. Brett Wortman

'Cowboy kite surfers' worry locals

WITH a capacity Christmas camping season about to hit, a Boreen Point local fears children at Lake Cootharaba are in danger of serious injury from cowboy kite surfers.

Residents have complained about last September holidays saying there were some frighteningly close calls. They say the commercial operators and others who crowded the local campground should go fly their kites somewhere else.

One resident said the major commercial operator appeared to be very safety conscious but could not control the actions of other kite surfers drawn to the area.

As far as he was aware none of the commercial craft, which can reach explosive speeds when the wind blows hard, as it often does across the lake, have permits to operate there as Sunshine Coast council is still reviewing commercial tendering there.

“Many parents (who stay at the council campground) have expressed concern and alarm that kite surfers are operating in a swimming reserve popular with families with young children, as most believe there is an increasingly high risk children may be injured by kite surfers operating near the beach,” said the local, who asked not to be named.

He said over the last holidays, two commercial operators were giving kite surfing lessons despite council recommendations they not operate on the busy beach section at these peak times.

And the resident said the local public carpark had been overtaken by up to four operators at times, with their gear trailers and by other individual kite surfers.

Attempts to contact one of the main commercial kitesurfing operators this week were unsuccessful.

Gympie Times


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