Gnarabup park­ing cor­rec­tion

Augusta Margaret River Times - - Letters -

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.

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