Crystal Cascades to retain security measures
Popular rainforest spot, Crystal Cascades, will continue to have access to its famous swimming holes and hiking trails restricted to daylight and early evening hours.
In January, Cairns Regional Council restricted access to Crystal Cascades, a destination well-visited by tourists and locals alike along the upper reaches of Freshwater Creek, between the hours of 9pm – 5am in a six month trial.
Acting Mayor Cr Margaret Cochrane said Council had responded to a request from local residents to protect the park from the ravages of night time revellers.
“Crystal Cascades is an area that is hard to patrol because of its geographic position,” Cr Cochrane said.
“Locals were complaining about noise from people partying there, the litter left behind and the defacing of facilities.
“Council erected a sign at the entrance to the area giving notice that the park would be closed from 9pm- 5am and so far this seems to have had a positive effect.”
Council’s park, infrastructure and safe communities staff have indicated that the number of complaints concerning rubbish clean-ups, graffiti, wilful damage and objectionable behaviour have diminished since the notice sign was erected.
Division 7 Councillor Linda Cooper said since the curfew was put in place there has been a dramatic decrease in incidents at Crystal Cascades.
“To date, the after hours closure has been a successful tactic with a very positive outcome. The continued closure will ensure all visitors and local residents can continue to make the most of this stunning natural asset,” Cr Cooper said.
“Council officers are currently working on improving the facilities at Crystal Cascades. Hopefully a master plan including an improved pathway, upgraded stairs and a new shelter at the top of the falls will be released in the next six months.”