Signs raise camping issue
MANJIMUP shire president Paul Omodei has responded to signage that was placed over the council’s welcome signs earlier this month, saying rangers would need to crack down on “indiscriminate campers”.
A sign that read “Free camping. No Shire Policy. Manjimup Council. Until next time”, appeared over the Graphite Road entrance to the Shire of Manjimup but was removed shortly after the Labour Day long weekend.
Cr Omodei said he believed the message was suggesting the council lacked policy.
“Obviously there is concern out there about indiscriminate camping,” he said.
“I had a bit of a smile, I thought to myself ‘that’s a very clever way of suggesting that the council hasn’t got any policy for camping’. “That’s just not the case at all.” Cr Omodei noted both State and council regulations apply to camping, but acknowledged the issues and said the community could expect rangers to “ramp-up” their enforcement.
“Until now, our rangers have been forcing people to move on,” he said.
“They need to put some more pressure on them and get them to either move on or ideally go to a registered camp spot.”
While Cr Omodei acknowledged the presence of “significant numbers” of indiscriminate campers he was also wary of becoming too stringent and deterring seasonal workers from visiting the region.
“I think our biggest challenge in three or four years time will be getting enough people to harvest our crops,” he said.
Manjimup shire president Paul Omodei said he was aware of multiple signs that had been placed around the shire.