Complications in bid for bins, toilets
Shark Bay Shire continues to work on finding a way to provide bins and toilet facilities to Hamelin Pool visitors after staff researched construction and servicing costs.
Shire president Cheryl Cowell said besides the cost of servicing a facility 120km from town, the matter was further complicated by three different bodies owning the land.
She said Hamelin Pool marine nature reserve belonged to the WA Government; the Shire owned the carpark; and the freehold land around the telegraph station belonged to caravan park owner Trish Cox. “Trish Cox does have an ablution block for her caravan park but it is not open to the public,” Ms Cowell said.
“The Department (of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions) and the Shire need to collaborate on what’s the best way to provide bins and toilets.
“Although those costings came back to the council, it is not entirely their responsibility so we are hopeful for a collaborative project with the Shire and Department.
“Maybe as well Trish can come up with something.”
Meanwhile, Ms Cowell said the Shire was advertising Ms Cox’s plans to expand the caravan park.
“At Hamelin Pool Telegraph Station, that area of freehold not far from there, that was an agistment area from when they were building the telegraph station,” she said.
“In order to expand the caravan park, the owner has been wanting to do some expansion and upgrades but there was no formal plan in place, which we need these days.
“That should go through the Department of Planning so she can get a planning licence to do the work she wants to do there.”
The plans are open for public comment until January 15.