Thumbs up for camel trial

Albany Extra - - News -

The Shire of Den­mark has ap­proved a bold tourism scheme to al­low camel rides at Peace­ful Bay beach, start­ing in Novem­ber.

The rides will be op­er­ated on a six-month tri­al­ba­sis by the Great South­ern Camel Com­pany from Novem­ber 1-April 30 af­ter the move gained ap­proval at Tues­day’s coun­cil meet­ing.

The ven­ture will be sim­i­lar to the pop­u­lar camel rides on Broome’s fa­mous Cable Beach, which draws thou­sands of vis­i­tors ev­ery year.

How­ever, de­spite its po­ten­tial ben­e­fits, some res­i­dents voiced con­cerns about the pos­si­bil­ity the rides might in­ter­rupt other beach ac­tiv­i­ties such as fish­ing, surfing and driv­ing. In a let­ter to the coun­cil, one res­i­dent said the beach was of­ten usedas adog and horse ex­er­cise area and camels might be detri­men­tal to the site.

“An­other cru­cial is­sue is the width of the beach asit is very nar­row for most of the year, un­like Cable Beach in Broome, and al­ready a sub­ject to on­go­ing beach ero­sion is­sue,” the let­ter said.

How­ever, the Shire of Den­mark ad­dressed con­cerns about beach ero­sion, say­ing that mostly oc­curred in win­ter, while the camels would op­er­ate in sum­mer.

A Shire re­port said the rides would cause lim­ited dis­rup­tion to beach ac­tiv­i­ties be­cause there would be a max­i­mum of four camels op­er­at­ing at all times.

“The pro­posal is not con­sid­ered to im­pose sig­nif­i­cant con­straint on other beach-users, not­ing the length of the beach and the small scale of the tour,” the re­port said.

“The tour is pro­posed to run east of the carpark, away from the boat launch­ing area where peak us­age oc­curs.” The Great South­ern Camel Com­pany with­drew its pro­posal to con­duct rides on both Parry Beach and Peace­ful Bay beach.

Com­pany own­ers Mark and Anna Marie Edwy-Smith said be­cause of the nar­row as­pect of the first 50m of the beach, it was dif­fi­cult for them to con­tinue with the Parry Beach pro­posal.

“This said, we see no is­sue at Peace­ful Bay and wish to pro­ceed with our pro­posal with this beach,” their pro­posal let­ter said.

Pic­ture: Glenn Cord­ing­ley

Saskia Adysti Cable Beach in Broome is renowned for its pop­u­lar camel rides.

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