Mudflaps sink deep into mudflats
ARMSTRONG Beach resident Phil Bensted was on a Sunday morning walk when he noticed something awry - a ute bogged in the sand.
While it was a strange sight, Mr Bensted said it was not unusual.
"We get regular boggings... people that go out in the mudflats in the four-wheel drives are just idiots," he said.
"It's pretty badly bogged.
"I'd say someone's been hooning out on the mudflats and come into a soft patch," he said.
Mr Bensted said Armstrong Beach wasn't a safe place for vehicles.
"One year we saw two utes and two bobcats all bogged in the one place," he said.
"They'd all been trying to pull each other out, and all they did was bog each other."
Mr Bensted said those getting bogged at the beach weren't from the area.
"Locals have got more brains. They know what happens when you drive out there," he said.
Yet he said the regular boggings weren't a big issue for residents.
"They (go) up the top of the beach, where a lot of people don't go," he said.
Mackay Regional Council health and regulatory services manager Craig Shepherd said it had been the responsibility of the owner to remove the bogged vehicle at Armstrong's Beach.
"As the vehicle has now been at the beach for some time it is classified as an abandoned vehicle," he said.
"Council is responsible for abandoned vehicles and we are arranging the vehicle to be removed."
Mr Shepherd said council did not encourage residents to drive on the region's beaches.
"Driving on beaches can have serious environmental impacts and should be avoided unless it is on a 4WD beach specifically recognised for this purpose," he said.
He encouraged residents to report abandoned vehicles to 1300MACKAY.
Mr Shepherd said vehicle owners were usually given seven days to collect their vehicle once it had been verified as abandoned.
"When a vehicle is found in an unusual location such as a beach, the time frame... is typically shorter," he said.