Shire deal enables pub­lic to en­joy views of Roe­buck Bay

Broome Advertiser - - News - Jakeb Waddell

Land of­fer­ing splen­did views of Roe­buck Bay will now be ac­ces­si­ble to the pub­lic.

Shire of Broome coun­cil­lors unan­i­mously agreed to lease the grassed area near Moon­light Bay Suites to ho­tel own­ers Kim­ber­ley Ac­com­mo­da­tion at a coun­cil meet­ing last week, with the con­di­tion that the com­mu­nity can ac­cess the site be­tween 7am and 7pm.

In their re­port, Shire staff said that the area was cur­rently “not be­ing man­aged in ac­cor­dance with the de­vel­op­ment ap­proval granted by coun­cil on June 21, 1994, in that ac­cess in that was cur­rently lim­ited to guests of the Moon­light Bay Suites.”

KA will be re­spon­si­ble for main­tain­ing the area, which will re­main closed to the pub­lic be­tween 7pm and 7am to dis­cour­age an­ti­so­cial be­haviour.

It is un­der­stood the con­sul­ta­tion be­tween the Shire and KA stemmed from the ho­tel group’s de­sire to hold reg­u­lar events at the re­serve, in­clud­ing long-ta­ble din­ners.

The Shire is ex­pected to seek a “power to lease” from the Depart­ment of Plan­ning, Lands and Her­itage to ne­go­ti­ate an of­fi­cial lease or li­cence with KA.

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