12
Aug

ANY attempt to better monitor the Gold Coast’s most notorious suicide spot would be pointless, according to a Gold Coast MP.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull recently announced the installation of extra surveillance cameras at Sydney’s The Gap, where more people take their lives than anywhere else in Australia.

But Mudgeeraba MP Ros Bates said extra prevention measures would not work at Purling Brook Falls at Springbrook due to its remoteness and the time it takes police to reach the site.

“Policing up there has always been a big issue.

“People do look out for each other but I guess we can’t really do much about people deciding at 10 o’clock at night that they want to drive up to Springbrook and leap off Purling Brook.”

The State Government has erected better fencing at the waterfall after it was revealed that tourists were putting themselves at risk by climbing down treacherous cliff faces to take photographs.

Springbrook Mountain first responder Ray Cavanagh said suicides and attempted suicides were an issue but deaths usually came in spates, with as long as 12 months between some calls.

“They’ve got fences and exclusion zones and all that sort of stuff but that will never stop someone doing what they want to do.

“This just sort of seems to be the end of the road.”

A paramedic who would not be named said attempted suicides were a major problem at the falls and said ambulance officers were usually only called in if the person survived.

“It’s the second most used site in Queensland,” he said.

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