20 Jun 2017

Public safety on Mackay’s Southern Breakwater remains a primary concern after an increase in the number of people reportedly behaving illegally.

NQBP Chief Executive Officer Steve Lewis said the key priority is to make sure that locals and visitors alike continue to enjoy having safe access to this valued community asset.

“Over recent years the Southern Breakwater has become an extremely popular Mackay destination and we would like to see this continue; however, public safety must always come first”, Mr Lewis said.

“Unfortunately, we are seeing some people driving and riding unsafely on the breakwater, and on a number of occasions local police have been asked to respond.

“This is not in the interests of people’s own safety, or the safety of bystanders and the community who regularly enjoy this iconic Mackay destination.

“As always, NQBP’s is committed to the safety of the community,” Mr Lewis said.

“In March, NQBP was forced to close the Southern Breakwater in the lead up to Tropical Cyclone Debbie in the interest of public safely and to stop irresponsible behaviour.

“Following the damage left by the cyclone, NQBP is restoring the breakwater so this much-loved public space can continue to be enjoyed by all.

“Help us keep the southern breakwater open and safe for the future,” Mr Lewis said.

If you witness unsafe activity on the southern breakwater contact Queensland Police’s Policelink on 131 444.