Gnarabup parking correction
On December 29, the Times published an article about a Shire of Augusta-Margaret River decision not to proceed with a redesign of carparking at Gnarabup.
The Times incorrectly reported comments from new infrastructure director Markus Botte were made “last week” when they were made earlier in the month.
The article also incorrectly said the Shire was not aware of “difficulties at this site” when in fact the Shire was unaware of “recent” disputes in the carpark and at Gnarabup boat ramp witnessed by Times reporters.
The Shire wished to clarify it was aware of vehicle accidents in previous years, but rejected any knowledge the cause of the crashes was driver confusion, which is the view of the Margaret River Coastal Residents’ Association, and not the Shire.
The Shire said the cause of any recent altercations was not known and therefore could be unrelated to the carpark design.
The Shire noted no recent incidents were reported and the Shire could not investigate further.
The Shire also rejected the article’s claim it “reversed its commitment” to redesign the carpark — a claim based on an article in March, 2017, in which Mr Botte’s predecessor Johan Louw said the redesign plan “would be made available for public viewing and community consultation purposes once the project is slated to proceed”.
The Shire made no formal commitment to proceed with the redesign, which remains unbudgeted.
The Shire said any redesign of the boat ramp/cafe access and parking was not only considered because of safety concerns, but to create a more user-friendly facility.
Related to these previous accidents, the Shire implemented improvements to the signage and line marking several years ago and has since monitored the situation.
Further improvements may be considered in the future, the Shire said.