Party aftermath a danger

Broken bottles and smouldering coals litter the beach at Yaroomba.
Broken bottles and smouldering coals litter the beach at Yaroomba.

Vandals wrecked a beach sign and left broken bottles and smouldering coals on Yaroomba Beach on Saturday night.

Beach walkers discovered the dangerous remnants of the party scene on Sunday morning and called Division 8 councillor Debbie Blumel who notified council’s after-hours service.

“Council staff were quick to douse the hot coals left near the Birrahl Park beach access and all evidence of the overnight gathering, such as broken bottles, cans and litter, was removed from the site by midday,” Ms Blumel said.

“An emergency access sign will also be replaced.

Coals stay very hot even when covered over and represent an ongoing danger to the public. A local toddler … was badly burnt a couple of years ago after stumbling into coals that had been hidden under the sand. The injuries resulted in terrible suffering for the toddler.”

Anyone with information should call Coolum police on 5440 2777.

Ms Blumel encouraged residents to phone council’s emergency after-hours number (1300 007 272) if they saw this type of incident again.

“Prevention is always better than cure,” she said.

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