Res­i­dents hor­ri­fied at trashed town

Albany Extra - - News - Shan­non Smith

A Bre­mer Bay res­i­dent took to so­cial me­dia to ex­press her dis­gust at the con­di­tion the pop­u­lar tourist town was left in af­ter New Year’s Eve cel­e­bra­tions.

She wrote on a pub­lic Face­book group the Shire of Jer­ra­mungup and lo­cal vol­un­teer groups had spent a lot of time and money to pre­pare the town for the in­flux of vis­i­tors, only for it to be trashed.

“This morn­ing af­ter new year, as I trav­elled to work I could have wept at the dam­age, rub­bish and stolen push­bikes lay­ing around our end of town,” she said. “Not a street sign is un­dam­aged.

“Ob­scene graf­fiti scrawled on the new­est walk trail and the rub­bish is un­be­liev­able. Wouldn’t it be nice if some young peo­ple took re­spon­si­bil­ity for this?”

When this story was posted to the Al­bany Ad­ver­tiser Face­book page, dozens of other lo­cals left com­ments declar­ing they were also hor­ri­fied by the de­struc­tion.

“We were fish­ing at a beach and watched these girls swim­ming, one with a goon bag and the other with a can, and she just left the can to drift away in the ocean, didn’t even care what peo­ple were say­ing,” one user said. Shire chief ex­ec­u­tive Martin Cuth­bert said that last year the coun­cil com­mis­sioned a Peak Pop­u­la­tion Anal­y­sis Re­port to be com­piled over the peak pe­riod to get ac­cu­rate fig­ures of peo­ple num­bers and ex­pen­di­ture.

“The in­crease in pop­u­la­tion starts re­ally ramp­ing up at the com­mence­ment of school hol­i­days, with nu­mer­ous fam­i­lies choos­ing to hol­i­day and spend Christ­mas in Bre­mer Bay,” he said.

“An­other in­flux nor­mally hap­pens di­rectly af­ter Christ­mas when peo­ple have done their fam­ily Christ­mas cel­e­bra­tions and then head away on hol­i­days, or to en­joy new year’s.”

Cars line up on a pop­u­lar Bre­mer Bay beach.

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