Some residents think the walkway is in the wrong position.
Some residents think the walkway is in the wrong position.

It's war over the new Rules Beach pedestrian access

BAFFLE Creek residents are declaring war on the Gladstone Regional Council, saying the newly built Rules Beach pedestrian walkway will hinder vehicle access to the popular tourist destination.

Rules Beach Access Protest Group co-ordinator Tony Bridges said the pedestrian boardwalk the council built last week does not leave enough room for cars to access the beach.

He said the walkway should have been constructed about 5-6m to the side behind an existing shelter shed.

"Our people agree it would make future vehicle access impossible to do," Mr Bridges said

"Now it will just need to be shifted when vehicles are allowed back on the beach.

"I wonder what the council is motivated by?"

When residents met with the council earlier this month, Mr Bridges said he was given the impression they would install pedestrian and vehicle access.

He said the council told him it had taken advice from experienced beach drivers to not put timber down on the vehicle access because it would create problems down the track.

"But council rolls up and spends significant amount of council funds installing a timber boardwalk, which they have put in a position we asked them we not to," he said.

On Tuesday Mr Bridges wrote to the council to tell them he would be re-instating his petition, and would take it as far as Brisbane to lobby.

He said he has been in contact with Deputy Premier Jeff Seeney.

Member for Gladstone Liz Cunningham will also submit a letter of support.