Pro­posed cave and boat ban crit­i­cised

Augusta Margaret River Times - - Times News - Therese Col­man

The Shire of Au­gusta-Mar­garet River coun­cil wants to pro­hibit fu­ture pub­lic en­try into caves and boat moor­ings along the Mar­garet River.

The de­ci­sion is likely to af­fect tour op­er­a­tor Bush­tucker Tours, which holds a per­mit to op­er­ate tours along the river, in­clud­ing ac­cess into the caves 300m from the River­mouth.

On Jan­uary 24, Bush­tucker Tours owner He­len Lee said clos­ing the caves would “se­ri­ously im­pact” her busi­ness and the Shire re­port for use of Wall­cliffe caves by per­mit hold­ers and pub­lic was “full of er­rors”.

The Shire would ban moor­ing boats, ca­noes and kayaks along the river and ban en­try into the caves along the river.

The coun­cil would also con­sult with lo­cal Abo­rig­i­nal groups about erect­ing signs at the en­trance to the caves and re­mov­ing climb­ing in­fra­struc­ture.

Ms Lee said the caves in the Shire re­port were wrongly named and the coun­cil would need to seek pub­lic feed­back be­fore mov­ing for­ward.

The item was de­ferred for the coun­cil to ver­ify Ms Lee’s state­ments.

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