Com­pli­ca­tions in bid for bins, toi­lets

Midwest Times - - NEWS - Ge­off Vi­vian

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.

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