Penguin Island Sandbar: Drowning Settlement.

 Just don't know what to think about this. 

Maybe my attitude is all wrong-and I should think  "good on em" - They sued the State Goverment for undisclosed sum.

I do know that no sum of money can bring back loved ones...but- there are a two large Warning Signs on the beaches,clearly warning of the Dangers of attempting to walk across the Sandbar.

Nobody forced them to attempt the crossing. There is a safer method,pay the small price for the Ferry and arrive safely back on the mainland.

You have to actually walk past the Ferry to attempt the Crossing.



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There's a reason for all

Thu, 2015-06-11 15:15

There's a reason for all those lawyer jokes.

Tragedy yes, everyone's fault, no.

Soon we won't be able to do ANYTHING for fear of litigation.

It's you and me who are footing the bill for this.

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yep we didn't see the sign

Thu, 2015-06-11 15:18

nobody reads signs anymore


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Thu, 2015-06-11 15:38

Stupidity,Stupidity,Stupidity from start to finish nothing more to say.


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Thu, 2015-06-11 15:59

At the risk of sounding calous ( which Is not in my nature) I do tend to agree with prev posts.

Its the sort of thing that shuts down access to areas for fear the authority will be sued.

Im old school and even the word sue , and litigation sounds so American , but its here to stay,

and has and will effect our lives, both moneytry and with access issues around our state.

If I ,( and I suspect most of you) twisted my ankle or cut my finger on a sharp rock whilst at a beach,

would not be ringing my nearest ambo chaser lawyer, to see who I could sue!

I am not sure how the case would have gone for them anyway , as said , its sign posted warning of the dangers, theres a alternitive way across,

and the people involved , its being suggested were, not strong swimmers.

That being said , they were claiming the govt respon dept should have closed the sandbar , after some

incidents earlier in the day.

mmmm the future?? ---- might have to see who to sue if a fisherman launchs a boat in a storm , from a public boat ramp ,

after the respon mob didnt fence off the ramp, so then respon dept closes ramp, in fear ,

see where this  chizzle ends up?





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I think

Thu, 2015-06-11 16:20

 there was a case of a guy that dived in at Cott beach and ended up in a wheelchair. He sued successfully, claiming the signs should have warned him of shallow water. 

Heres the thing though, do you want 5 mill  if you're in a wheelchair for life   or  for the Penguin island drownings, say they get 5 mill, they have lost husbands brothers fathers ...   so

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The sign at the Cott beach

Fri, 2015-06-12 11:51

The sign at the Cott beach now has a warning “water”. We are doomed. What else would you expect there???

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Right on the money (excuse the pun) Quadfisher

Thu, 2015-06-11 17:02

Look at how many things you can't do now because some authority is scared stiff that if you stub your toe they will get sued. I was told by local shire that is one of the reasons you can't go fishing in the lakes on the new estates.

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moking and quadfisher I

Thu, 2015-06-11 18:23

moking and quadfisher

I think you blokes have pretty much summed it up right

feel sorry for the families , but it doesn't sit right at all to make us taxpayers responsible by paying compensation for bad decision making of their own free will by two grown adult men

people need to be responsible for their own choices in this life imo


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stupid people

Thu, 2015-06-11 18:43

 the two people that drowned couldn't even swim,  I don't want to see warning signs everywhere but maybe that is the only thing that will save stupid people from doing stupid things 

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it is not an undisclosed amount

Thu, 2015-06-11 19:28

both widows received 400k for their husbands stupidity , sorry but think the government should appeal it thats our money being handed over

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Fri, 2015-06-12 16:35

 Totally agree with you Petermac. 

2 people walking in the ocean and dont know how to swim, area signed for danger anyway (bloody ocean so is dangerous).

I pay for life insurance to cover unforseen curcumstances in my life and it looks like i pay tax to cover idiots.

System out of control in my opinion.


PS: took 20min to delete swear words


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Absolute bullshat

Thu, 2015-06-11 20:28

 I feel sorry for our future generations. They will not be able to enjoy anything like the older generations because of this kind of crap. Very sad. And i don't want to cause a stir but in this case and a few others i have seen  it's outsiders that are causing the grief for the local population.

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 Another precident of

Thu, 2015-06-11 20:33

 Another precident of stupidity has been set now  and the ambulance chasers will be rubbing their hands together with glee. The world caters for idiots now and pays them for their dumb actions


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Fri, 2015-06-12 14:12

Yep outcomes like this just set the standard for other incidents.
Wont be long and we are catching up to the stupid Yanks
and we will have stories like this one

Mrs. Merv Grazinski, of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, who purchased a new 32-foot Winnebago motor home. On her first trip home, from an OU football game, having driven on to the freeway, she set the cruise control at 70 mph and calmly left the driver’s seat to go to the back of the Winnebago to make herself a sandwich. Not surprisingly, the motor home left the freeway, crashed and overturned. Also not surprisingly, Mrs. Grazinski sued Winnebago for not putting in the owner’s manual that she couldn’t actually leave the driver’s seat while the cruise control was set.

The Oklahoma jury awarded her $1,750,000 PLUS a new motor home. Winnebago actually changed their manual as a result of this suit.

Sorta makes you wonder about the future of the human race, doesn’t it?

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Fri, 2015-06-12 18:30

 haha, Grant that is a hoax, google it


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Fri, 2015-06-12 18:37

 Yeah i know, but being Friday funnies day i thought it fitting 


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 you got me 

Fri, 2015-06-12 18:57

 you got me 


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 I just took a walk in the

Fri, 2015-06-12 15:28

 I just took a walk in the bush wearing thongs and kicked a stick which scratched my foot. Gozzies should engage a lawyer. The bush should be free of sticks and any other hazards detrimental to my near bare feet



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 Your day just got worse ,

Fri, 2015-06-12 15:45

 Your day just got worse , greenpeace activists are now heading towards Penguin Island in relation to a claim of stick cruelty .. 


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 Shit shit shit. My day got

Fri, 2015-06-12 17:05

 Shit shit shit.


My day got triple worse. Some seaweed touched my foot making me jump causing me to fall over into the water. I expect Rocko council will cover my dry cleaning expenses of $450k

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Typical foreigners, trying to

Sun, 2015-06-14 12:56

Typical foreigners, trying to rip off the country.  They dont deserve to be here!


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Not always what it seems....

Mon, 2015-06-15 20:51

Not saying this is the case here, but have heard of other similar ones. It's not always the "victims" that want to sue the authorities, but the life insurance companies who have to pay out for a death or permanent disability. Read the fine print on your policy, if they want to sue, you have to go along for the ride. If not - no payout. The insurance companies don't care if it is from stupidity or whatever, if they can get some or all (or even more????) of their cash back, then it's fair game to them.

This is just what I have heard from others, and may not be correct, but would seem to make sense in cases like this. I blame money hungry lawyers, if they were ethical they would never take a case like this to court, but money makes people do strange things. No offence to those in the legal profession (we all need their services from time to time), but if they stood together as an industry on things like this, then the whole issue would go away.




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 Interesting point Browndog.

Mon, 2015-06-15 21:15

 Interesting point Browndog. Wonder if it was the case or just a 'helpful' ambulance chaser