Stop jet skis tours operating from Coningham Beach
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A jet ski tour business has commenced operations at Coningham Beach.
Coningham is no place for jet ski tours. Coningham Beach is a popular swimming beach located 30 minutes south of Hobart.
Coningham Beach is a haven for local families in the Hobart region. It is a safe, family friendly beach that is not a suitable place for jet ski tours to operate from. These tours must be stopped from operating from Coningham Beach to preserve the beach for the safe and quiet enjoyment of families.
Coningham Nature Reserve stretches south from Coningham Beach and provides a popular cliff top walk to beautiful and peaceful Legacy Beach which can only be accessed by foot or via boat.
Kingborough Council’s approval of the jet ski tour business operating at Coningham as a home-based business, and the issuing of a permit under the Parks, Recreation and Natural Areas By-Law are unacceptable to the community. It is unacceptable because it:
1) Occurred without any consultation,
2) Poses risks to swimmers,
3) Impacts on the natural values of the place, and
4) Impacts on the quiet enjoyment of Coningham Beach by residents and the wider community.
Coningham Beach is Crown land. Under the law the Minster Jeremy Rockliff is responsible for managing Crown land. As the beach is Crown land any business operating from the beach requires a licence. For these reasons we call on you Jeremy Rockliff as the Minister responsible for Crown lands to issue a directive to the Crown Land Services to request the Crown Solicitor's Office to advise the tour operator of the requirement for a licence and to advise him to cease conducting his business from the beach until a licence is granted. We also request you as the Minister responsible for Crown lands to:
- Consult the community before any such licence is issued, and
- Consider the character of Coningham Beach if any application is made to continue operating the business from Coningham Beach.
Coningham Beach is loved by the community as a safe, quiet, family friendly beach. Please let's keep it that way.
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