Safety forces Shire to remove waste facilities at rest stop
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.