Residents have taken a stand against the removal of the swimming enclosure at Bucasia.
Residents have taken a stand against the removal of the swimming enclosure at Bucasia. Meredith Papavasiliou

Residents take a stand against today's removal of enclosure

UPDATE: Mackay Regional Mayor Deirdre Comerford will meet with Bucasia residents this afternoon after a group created a blockade to stop today's removal of the Bucasia swimming enclosure.

About 50 residents were on the site from 5.30am this morning.

It was expected work to remove the swimming enclosure would start today, but residents were up in arms about the move.

Resident Doug Petersen spoke to the Daily Mercury last week, saying he could remember his dad building the enclosure in the 1960s.

"It's an amenity of the Northern Beaches," Mr Petersen said. "If we lose our amenity it will never be replaced."

Residents have created a blockade at Bucasia to stop the swimming enclosure being removed, which is set to take place today.
Residents have created a blockade at Bucasia to stop the swimming enclosure being removed, which is set to take place today. Meredith Papavasiliou

Mayor Deirdre Comerford said a feasibility study was underway to see if a floating swimming enclosure was a viable option.

"The current enclosure was badly damaged during Cyclone Dylan in January this year ... we looked at repairing it but the enclosure was structurally unsound," she said.

A meeting was on the weekend in protest of Mackay Regional Council's decision to remove the swimming enclosure.

Georgie and Stevie Brand, of Bucasia, enjoy the swimming enclosure at Bucasia.
Georgie and Stevie Brand, of Bucasia, enjoy the swimming enclosure at Bucasia. Meredith Papavasiliou


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