Council moves to formalise Platypus Beach takeover
A POPULAR riverside swimming spot could move under new ownership as Mackay Regional Council looks to formalise its tenure for Platypus Beach.
The change would allow the council to formally manage the site, currently owned by the State Government.
"It will ensure the public has appropriate access to the reserve and that activities held
there can be managed under council's local laws," the council said in a statement.
The council said by taking over the riverside, it could improve the safety and amenity of Platypus Beach.
It said additional safety signage and risk management plans would make the river safer for swimmers, kayakers, paddle boarders and residents enjoying a picnic by the river.
The council said it intended to dedicate the area as a Reserve for Recreation Purposes and had completed a detailed Land Management Plan.
The Land Management Plan was required by the state Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy as part of the process to change the land tenure.
The plan has opened for public submissions.
The council said at this stage it was seeking comments only on the Land Management Plan, and not about potential future development or infrastructure provision at the river.
Submission close on November 24 and can be made online here.