Residents horrified at trashed town
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.