Stinger season nets go in

Date published: 27 October 2017

The official start of the higher risk stinger season is about to begin and the annual roll out of stinger nets is already complete.

Contractors Uninet have installed two stinger nets on the Strand and one at Pallarenda.

Nets are also now in place at Horseshoe Bay, Picnic Bay and Balgal Beach.

Council’s Community Health and Environment Committee chair Cr Ann-Maree Greaney said it was important swimmers were protected at city beaches.

“Stingers are an ever present danger in North Queensland and stinger nets are now an essential part of life in the tropics,” Cr Greaney said.

“The six stinger nets installed at our popular swimming spots each year ensure that locals and visitors can take full advantage of our great beaches.

“But while nets provide a high level of protection, we need to remind everyone they are not stinger proof.”

The council also funds Lifeguards at Riverway, The Strand and Magnetic Island.

Swimmers also have the choice of the city’s public pools at Tobruk, Long Tan, and Northern Beaches Leisure Centre as well as the Rockpool and Riverway.

Uninet installs stinger nets for councils right along the North Queensland coast.