Safety forces Shire to re­move waste fa­cil­i­ties at rest stop

Pilbara News - - Sports - Tom Zaun­mayr

A road­side dunny and dump fa­cil­ity near Parabur­doo will be re­moved to save the Shire of Ash­bur­ton from flush­ing more money into a prob­lem rest area.

Halfway Bridge, be­tween Tom Price and Parabur­doo, has been used as an overnight rest­ing spot de­spite sev­eral flood­ing in­ci­dents in re­cent years. In Fe­bru­ary this year, two tourists ran into trou­ble at the rest stop when it flooded while they were camp­ing overnight.

The cou­ple were forced to climb on top of the toi­let block to es­cape ris­ing water lev­els which washed away their camper­van.

Shire of Ash­bur­ton Pres­i­dent Kerry White said while fa­cil­i­ties would be re­moved, Halfway Bridge would re­main ac­ces­si­ble.

“Halfway Bridge, along the Tom Price-Parabur­doo Road, has been com­pro­mised with re­peated flood­ing and iden­ti­fied as a risk to safety for campers,” she said.

“The ablu­tions and RV Dump fa­cil­ity will be de­com­mis­sioned, how­ever Halfway Bridge will re­main open as a pic­nic rest stop.

“Coun­cil recog­nises the im­por­tance of pro­vid­ing a safe lo­ca­tion for tourists to take a break from their long jour­ney, for both short breaks and overnight stays, how­ever per­sonal safety and en­vi­ron­men­tal suit­abil­ity must be a pri­or­ity.”

Ms White said Shire of­fi­cers were search­ing for a more suit­able lo­ca­tion.

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