The start of the stinger season is officially here with the installation of the nets beginning today.
Community Health and Environment Committee Chair Cr Ann-Maree Greaney said protecting swimmers from getting stung is a priority.
“Stingers are a known danger in North Queensland and these nets play a vital role in protecting our beach users,” Cr Greaney said.
“Council puts out six nets across the city to ensure locals and visitors can take full advantage of the Townsville lifestyle while staying safe.
“The water is an important part of the North Queensland lifestyle and that’s why Council ensures we have areas where people can swim in stinger season.
“While the nets offer a high level of protection, they are not able to stop every sting – swimmers may like to take other precautions like wearing a stinger suit or keeping vinegar with them when at the beach.”
Townsville City Council contracts Uninet to deploy nets at Townsville’s popular beaches to keep beachgoers safe.
The nets will be installed as follows:
- Monday 29 October: Balgal Beach
- Tuesday 30 October: Picnic Bay & Horseshoe Bay
- Wednesday 31 October: North & South Strand Beaches
- Thursday 1 November: Pallarenda Beach