A PROPOSAL to install bollards to mark the Rainbow Beach bathing area, replacing the existing buoy-and-wire system, has been rejected by Gympie Regional councillors.
Councillors at this week's Works and Services Committee meeting accepted staff advice that the buoys worked as well as anything could and that bollards in the sand would be undermined by sea erosion and could be dangerous.
Councillors discussed the proposal from Anthony Bielby, who said he had recently been ordered from the beach by a lifeguard, who warned him of the then-predicted tsunami, following the South American earthquake.
Mr Bielby said that while he welcomed the concern for his safety, it had not been matched by any action over his “three near-misses from vehicles driving past the sign and into the ‘no vehicle' area.”
He said the buoys to the north were no longer anchored, rendering them worthless.
“Why hasn't the council placed power pole sized bollards from the dune own to the low water mark, naturally cut off 3m above the sand in order to prevent vehicles from entering this area?” he asked.
He said this improvement would prevent vehicles from entering the area and would make it safe for people to relax on the beach without the threat from vehicles driving through the area “and simply claiming they didn't see the sign.”
Twenty such poles, installed at about $700 each, would cover 40m of beach from the dune and would serve as a permanent physical barrier “thus providing protection for beach goers. Children making sand castles aren't that visible.”
Councillors accepted advice that bollards had been tried unsuccessfully in the past.