‘Significant’ drop in Teewah Beach campers on cards
Camping and driving numbers on Teewah Beach could be "significantly" dropped in a plan to make the popular stretch safer and protect the environment.
Noosa Shire councillor Brian Stockwell said while council did not have a public position, he said a review on the number of people using the beach was needed.
He said Noosa and Gympie regional councils, community groups, state members and government departments would meet in coming weeks to outline a plan to protect the "iconic" area.
It comes after a policeman suggested a camping and driving ban at Teewah following the death of a teenager, who was the passenger in a 4WD which crashed and rolled last month.
Cr Stockwell said his personal view was that all Teewah Beach goers had a right to feel safe at all times.
"Personally, if you want to retain the traditional national park, then numbers should be reduced significantly at peak times," Cr Stockwell said.
"Everyone is keen to avoid tragedy but also maintain that wilderness feeling of camping on the beach.
"But it is an issue. Both numbers and behaviour."
The Cooloola Cove Recreational Park holds about 2300 people during peak time.
Cr Stockwell said it was not up to him to decide how many people were allowed in the area.
But one suggestion he will make is that anyone applying for a beach driving permit should be put through an online test to get certified on acceptable behaviuors and practices.
The fatal crash which killed Bray Park teen Tyreece Pilot sparked debate, lead by Rainbow Beach senior constable Mick Emery.
Earlier this week Sen-Con Emery asked "At what stage do we make a hard decision in the interests of safety - and to the benefit of the natural environment - and close camping on Teewah Beach altogether?"
Reckless driving and hoon behaviour on the beach has long been an issue at Teewah, as has motorists driving on the sand dunes.
A pair of motorists were caught on camera recently allegedly doing doughnuts and tearing up and down the beach for 30 minutes.
A spokesman for the Department of Environment and Science said the majority of visitors to national parks and recreation areas do the right thing.
QPWS rangers issue fines for noncompliance, failure to have the necessary permits and for environmental and socially inappropriate behaviour.
"To ensure the safety of all visitors to Teewah Beach, QPWS rangers work collaboratively with the Queensland Police Service to uphold safe driving practices and socially acceptable behaviour," the spokesman said.
"During peak periods, visitors to Teewah Beach can expect to see additional rangers patrolling the region.
"The Department of Environment and Science asks all visitors to be vigilant when driving on the beach, drive slowly and carefully and to remember it is designated as a road and all road rules apply. Vehicles must be registered, and drivers must be licenced."
Federal Member for Wide Bay has been approached for comment.