Room for all at lengthy WA beach

Broome Advertiser - - Opinion - Peter Tay­lor Broome Cham­ber of Com­merce and In­dus­try pres­i­dent

In 1.04 sec­onds, a Google search re­turned 1,460,000 re­sults to my ques­tion “how long is Ca­ble Beach?”

The top re­sult was “with 22km of pris­tine white sand edged by the stun­ning turquoise water of the In­dian Ocean, Broome’s Ca­ble Beach at­tracts vis­i­tors from around Aus­tralia and the world.”

I think Google got the stun­ning bit and the length right, but I’m not so sure about the at­tract­ing vis­i­tors from around Aus­tralia and the world.

Re­cent data con­firms that vis­i­tor nights to Broome and the Kim­ber­ley have been down on pre­vi­ous years and well down on a decade ago as we strug­gle to com­pete with in­ter­na­tional and do­mes­tic des­ti­na­tions.

So, it was great news to dis­cover that our coun­cil­lors unan­i­mously ap­proved Ul­ti­mate Water­sports to op­er­ate from Ca­ble Beach de­spite the protes­ta­tions of many of the usual sus­pects that are against any ac­tiv­ity on our beach.

Water sports are a key and com­mon ac­tiv­ity on al­most any tourist beach any­where in the world and give beach­go­ers some­thing else to ex­pe­ri­ence.

Broome needs ev­ery ad­van­tage to grow our tourism in­dus­try and water sports is just one of many new at­trac­tions re­quired.

Surely, with 22km of beach, there’s room for this ac­tiv­ity, which will be great for lo­cals and tourists.

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