Proposed cave and boat ban criticised
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.