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To: NSW National Parks, Tamara Smith MP, Michael Lyons (Acting Mayor, Byron Shire Council), Mark Arnold (General Manager, Byron Shire Council)

Warning signage urgently needed at Cape Byron / Cosy Corner goat track

Warning signage urgently needed at Cape Byron / Cosy Corner goat track

This time last week, our precious fifteen year old son and his mate went for a walk on Tallows Beach, Byron Bay. What followed was every parent’s worst nightmare. An innocent scramble around the Cape Byron headland following a goat track ended up with him falling many metres onto the rocks below. He suffered multiple skull fractures and brain injuries. He was retrieved by Emergency Services and flown by Westpac helicopter to the Gold Coast University Hospital for urgent brain surgery and remains in an induced coma in the Intensive Care Unit. We are still unsure whether he will make it through the next few days, and if he does, what the future will bring.

The most heartbreaking thing about all of this is that this accident was completely avoidable. After examining media articles and talking to local Police, we have found out that many people have had to be rescued from this same spot. According to media reports, the track looks deceptively easy from the beach, but is in fact, extremely dangerous, and it is only when you get into trouble that you realise that there is no way back.

We know that our son and the boy that was with him are sensible, considered and mature. There is no way they would have undertaken such a risky venture if they had known about the dangers, and this is what makes the pain so unbearable.

We petition NSW National Parks, Tamara Smith MP, Michael Lyons (Acting Mayor, Byron Shire Council), Mark Arnold (General Manager, Byron Shire Council) to urgently erect warning signs at the bottom of the dangerous rock and shale cliffs at Cosy Corner.

Why is this important?

We call on these agencies to take urgent action, that will prevent other families going through the trauma and devastation of such an incident.


Reasons for signing

  • how else can people avoid this
  • important issue
  • Connor was one of my good friends and to think all of this could have been stopped is so painful <3 I hope everyone is ok

Updates

2019-06-28 08:33:30 +1000

Hi!
Thank you for supporting our petition for warning signs at the cliffs of Tallow Beach after our 15 year old son fell and very nearly died there. Although National Parks did put up warning signs in April, they were only around the Tallow Beach Car Park. However, there are many other tracks onto Tallow Beach, so when Connor and his friend Scott re-traced their route in early June, they realised that there weren't any signs on their route or actually at the cliffs so the same accident could easily happen again. We wrote again to National Parks in early June and yesterday they gave us an undertaking to put two additional warning signs up on the headland cliff face. As I have been contacted by a number of people who have got into trouble themselves or have had relatives injured there, there was an obvious need for signage. Thank you again for supporting us to stop our nightmare happening to any other family. Together we have made a difference. Kim, David, Connor and Ross xx

2019-04-01 00:14:18 +1100

1,000 signatures reached

2019-03-30 22:57:15 +1100

500 signatures reached

2019-03-30 15:22:02 +1100

100 signatures reached

2019-03-30 14:56:50 +1100

50 signatures reached

2019-03-30 14:33:35 +1100

25 signatures reached

2019-03-30 14:24:21 +1100

10 signatures reached